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Master Plans: Michelangelo’s Drawings at the AGO

Michelangelo's Plan for the “Pichola Libreria” of the Laurentian Library, 1525-1526, Casa Buonarroti. Photo courtesy of the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Michelangelo’s Plan for the “Pichola Libreria” of the Laurentian Library, 1525-1526, Casa Buonarroti. Photo courtesy of the Art Gallery of Ontario.

TO JANUARY 11  Visitors flood into the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel daily to gaze in awe at the magnificent ceiling painted by Michelangelo. How did the celebrated painter, sculptor, architect and engineer bring his masterpieces to life? “Michelangelo: Quest for Genius” at the Art Gallery of Ontario offers insight into the Renaissance artist’s creative process through 28 drawings, once part of his personal collection and now on loan from Casa Buonarroti in Florence. Comprised of preliminary architectural and figural sketches and highly finished presentation drawings, these images collectively examine the concept of “genius at work,” revealing Michelangelo’s ideas, ambitions and even his frustrations. Some of his grander, unfinished plans are brought to life at the AGO with computer animation. The master’s important influence on Auguste Rodin is also explored, with 10 of the French sculptor’s works on display, including his ill-received final commission, Balzac. —Cara Smusiak

Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W., 416-979-6648
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