Looking At Michelangelo

18 February – 16 May 2010

Michelangelo: Aneas and Cupid, The Courtauld GalleryMichelangelo: Christ on the Cross, The Courtauld GalleryItalian School: Study of a Torso, The Courtauld Gallery

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.