In these teacher materials, and during the videoconference, selected paintings from the museum's collection help acquaint students with the Renaissance, the transitional period of European history
In these teacher materials, and during the video conference, students will learn about the forms and functions of Italian art from the ancient Etruscans through the Modern era, by looking at a broa
Jane Glaubinger Curator of Prints
Heather Lemonedes Curator of Drawings
Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475-1564)
Red chalk over black chalk, Sheet: 34.3 x 24.3 cm (13 1/2 x 9 9/16 in.); Secondary Support: 34.4 x 24.4 cm (13 9/16 x 9 5/8 in.). Gift in memory of Henry G. Dalton by his nephews George S. Kendrick and Harry D. Kendrick 1940.465
Universally considered one of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance, Michelangelo devoted four years to painting the vast ceiling fresco in the Sistine Chapel. This preparatory study portrays one of the 20 athletic male nudes, known as ignudi, who serve as supporting figures at each corner of the Old Testament scenes painted down the center of the ceiling. Michelangelo worked out the positioning of the ignudi in red chalk drawings before beginning to paint each section of wet plaster. The energy and monumentality of the figure in red chalk, whose body extends beyond the sheet, suggests the heroic athleticism of Michelangelo’s sculpture.
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