RARE WORKS BY MICHELANGELO.

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"Michelangelo: Drawings and Other Treasures from the Casa Buonarroti, Florence" encompasses 47 objects from the artist's familial home, among them 24 of his drawings, nine of which have never before been exhibited in the U.S. By most accounts, there are fewer than a dozen drawings and no paintings or sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) in American collections. The two dozen drawings in this show by the artist will temporarily almost triple the number of his works in the U.S. Included are sketches and preparatory studies he made for the frescoes on the ceiling of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel and numerous architectural studies for the San Lorenzo complex in Florence.

Also featured are personal sketches, writings, and studies from Michelangelo's notebooks. They include a sonnet in his own hand beside a caricature of himself painting the Sistine ceiling, labeled blocks of stone giving instructions to workmen at the quarry, and tiny drawings of food that allowed an illiterate assistant to prepare three of his meals. Quick studies for...

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