Michelangelo and the Ideal Body

National Museum Of Western Art, Tokyo

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Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) was called a god-like artist for his mastery of all three major artistic forms – sculpture, painting and architecture. His Sistine Chapel ceiling’s image of the Creation of Adam, and his fresco of the Last Judgement are renowned worldwide. And yet, he always referred to himself as a sculptor.

His large-scale sculptures – such as the Pieta sculpture in St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome and David symbolizing the Florentine republic in Florence, both completed in his early 20s, reveal his magnificent technical and artistic prowess and are treasured in their respective regions. This importance in their home locales has meant that it has previously been extremely difficult to hold an exhibition on Michelangelo in Japan focusing on these works. Working from a core of Michelangelo’s masterwork sculptures David-Apollo and Young St. John the Baptist, the approximately 70 works displayed here will explore how artists in their respective periods, Antiquity and the Renaissance, created their own ideal human form.



from June 19, 2018 to September 24, 2018
9:30–21:00 on Fridays and Saturdays. Closed on July 17 (Tues). Closed on Mondays, except for July 16, August 13, Sep. 17, and Sep. 24.



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