April 27, 2020

Michelangelo: Mind of the Master

This Covid world we now live in has me thinking of happier times - one recent time was at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where I enjoyed the Michelangelo: Mind of the Master exhibit. What a fantastic weekend.
Seeing these Michelangelo drawings up close for the first time after studying some of them in books for so long was, to say the least, a thrill. After the initial walk through the exhibit I went back and spent time in front of my favorite pieces.
The museum did a great job of putting the original drawings in context by showing them among  large reproductions of the finished paintings these drawings were studies for.
It was also fun to watch people try to find the matching figure in the large reproductions.
The exhibit catalogue is an interesting read because it tells the provenance of these drawings and points out specific items of historic and artistic interest about them.
Could not help feel that Michelangelo cheated us all by destroying so many of his drawings after seeing these few.