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“Mind of the Master” Art Exhibit

Posted by J.M. Carlson on Oct 5th 2019

Mind of the Master is a new exhibit now open at the Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, Ohio). This exhibit will display many of Michelangelo’s drawings. The show opened on September 22, 2019 and will run through January 5, 2020. Admission prices range from $5 to $15.

This is a wonderful opportunity to experience intimately more than two dozen of Michelangelo’s amazing works of art. The drawings depict preparations for his most important commissions — the Sistine Chapel ceiling fresco, the dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica, and the sculptures for the tomb of Giuliano de’ Medici.

The display enables you to compare his drawings to photomurals of the completed works. Informative labels and graphic illustrations highlight where to look in the photomurals to see how Michelangelo translated the drawing into the finished work. Thanks to this show, you are able to view Michelangelo’s creative spark, which ended up on delicate scraps of paper that have survived for centuries.

Part of the exhibit comes from the Teylers Museum in the Netherlands. Other drawings are from the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Steven Litt, journalist for The Plain Dealer (daily newspaper for Cleveland, Ohio) had this to say about the exhibit.

“As the drawings show, Michelangelo worked out the imaginative poses for his figures piece by piece. He drew and re-drew the separated parts of God’s body, elucidating how light would sculpt the muscles of a shoulder, the tendons of a forearm, or the sinewy complexities of a knee or an ankle. It comes as a shock to see that the famous “Hand of God” is just one of five studies on its particular sheet, that it measures barely three inches across, and that it was cut out and glued to another page for some unknown reason before the Teylers restored it in 1952. The hand is bent at the wrist, creating a break in the outward thrust of God’s life-giving gesture before it culminates in the regal uplift of his index finger, a final gesture of divine resolution and willpower.”

To enhance art connoisseurs knowledge, the exhibit also includes an illustrated catalog with essays that explore Michelangelo’s working methods, his major projects, and the history of the ownership of his drawings after his death.