Often, I go to the art. But, sometimes, when I’m lucky, the art comes to me. Such was the case this past winter with the Met’s special exhibit, Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer.
As soon as I read that the Met was hosting an exhibit on Michelangelo, I knew I had to attend. I’ve been lucky enough to see his works in Florence, Rome, and beyond, so to have some of them here in New York was a real treat, and a rare opportunity (indeed, the Met billed this as a “once-in-a-lifetime exhibition,” probably precisely because they knew it would totally sucker in people like me).
The exhibit featured 133 of Michelangelo’s sketches, three of his sculptures, and a few other works. It also included a replica of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, which was kind of cool. And though I found myself admiring these treasures elbow-to-elbow with other visitors (damn you, New York, for always being so crowded), I still enjoyed the exhibit. In particular, I was taken by the sketches, by their shapes and shadows and drama. It was neat to see how Michelangelo’s works developed through these drawings.
Michelangelo was known as “Il Divino,” or the “divine one.” While divine seems like a pretty high bar to clear to me, it’s hard to see his works and not be at least a little bit in awe, don’t you think?