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“Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer”
Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:30am

“Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a monument to a monument. With more than 200 works, and a core group of 133 drawings by the beyond-famous artist — the largest number ever assembled — on loan from some 50 front-rank collections, it’s a curatorial coup. More important, it’s an art historical tour de force: a panoptic view of a titanic career as recorded in the most fragile of media — paper, chalk, and ink.

It’s a show with demands: It requires that you be fully present. Snapping it with smartphones won’t do. Drawing is more than a graphic experience; it’s a textural one, about the pressure of crayon and pen on a page; the subliminal fade and focus of lines; the weave and shadow-creating swells of surfaces. Barely seeable, never mind photographable, these effects are, one way or another, the truest evidence of the artist’s hand.

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    • Expose yourself to Art ~ Mondo Fuego™ , Fri Nov 10 6:43am
      • Miles Mathis would agree with you. ~ PH💋🌽EY, Fri Nov 10 8:09am
        Must this offensive art piece be out on a public street? It's not that the portrayal is not very well executed, but that it ought to have been blown up about 100 times fold and placed at the head of... more
      • Who Is That? ~ Merlin, Fri Nov 10 7:18am
        ? ;-)
        • That's Bud Clark. ~ Poppet, Fri Nov 10 8:37am
          Legendary former mayor of Portland (and bar owner)... Back in 2010, he auctioned off that coat for charity.
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