18 February – 16 May 2010
"... a sensational exhibition in more ways than one." The Guardian
"This show works like a trumpet blast, reawakening the viewer to [Michelangelo's] inspirational powers." The Times
"... one of the greatest ... shows you will ever see." The Observer
"A curatorial and scholarly triumph." Rating: **** The Daily Telegraph
"... far and away the most accomplished study of the subject yet." Evening Standard
"A breathtaking collection of drawings..." Rating: Outstanding The Independent
"These are drawings of the most arcane refinement, unearthly beautiful." The New York Times
"... an unforgettable exhibition." Oxford Times
Michelangelo’s masterpiece The Dream is one of the greatest of all Renaissance
drawings. This complex work shows a nude youth being roused by a winged spirit
from the vices that surround him.
The Dream was probably part of the celebrated group of drawings which Michelangelo made as gifts for Tommaso de' Cavalieri, a young Roman nobleman with whom he had fallen passionately in love. With loans from international collections, the exhibition unites The Dream for the first time with these extraordinary drawings.
Michelangelo’s Dream also includes a selection of previously unexhibited handwritten
poems which the artist composed for Cavalieri. Further closely related drawings by
Michelangelo as well as works by Albrecht Dürer and others will shed light on the meaning of Michelangelo’s enigmatic masterpiece.
This unique opportunity to see some of Michelangelo’s finest and most beautiful drawings promises to be one of the exhibition highlights of the year. More
The Friends of The Courtauld
Vermeer Associates Limited
The Samuel H. Kress Foundation
Tavolozza - Katrin Bellinger
The Doris Pacey Charitable Foundation
Mrs Elke von Brentano
Looking At Michelangelo
18 February – 16 May 2010
This related display offers a chance to enjoy further works by Michelangelo from The Courtauld’s collection as well as drawings by artists directly influenced by the master.
Highlights of this rich group are three autograph drawings by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564), ranging from his early period in Florence to his very last years in Rome and covering both religious and pagan subjects. The display includes the powerful late Christ on the Cross, drawn in the final years of the artist’s life.
Michelangelo never had an organised workshop, preferring to work alone with just a few pupils and assistants. Nevertheless, his work was immensely influential in his own lifetime. The display explores how contemporary artists such as Jacopo Tintoretto and Jacopo Pontormo responded to Michelangelo’s creations.
The display also includes a remarkable large composite print of Michelangelo’s Last Judgement. Composed of ten separate numbered sheets of paper, the print is reassembled and displayed here for the first time.