Michelangelo and His Influence: Drawings from Windsor Castle

Michelangelo and His Influence: Drawings from Windsor Castle

January 19, 1997 to March 30, 1997

This exhibition examined supreme examples of Michelangelo’s draftsmanship and demonstrated the impact of this artist—referred to as divine even in his own lifetime—on the imagination, technique, style, and imagery of his contemporaries and successors. Eighteen drawings by Michelangelo and 55 sheets by his contemporaries and followers, including a small number of engravings, were selected from The Royal Collection Trust to illustrate the effect of Michelangelo’s work in drawing, painting, and sculpture. Many of Michelangelo’s drawings were made by the master as gifts for friends or studies for his own paintings, or occasionally as designs for other artists’ projects. The works were highly valued and were sought out by younger artists to be engraved, copied, and recopied.

Organized by the Royal Library, Windsor Castle, in association with the National Gallery of Art, Washington, the Kimbell Art Museum, and The Art Institute of Chicago, the exhibition opened in Washington (October 27, 1996–January 5, 1997) and concluded its American tour in Chicago (April 12–June 22, 1997).

The fully illustrated catalogue by Paul Joannides, lecturer in the history of art, Cambridge University, was published by the National Gallery of Art.

Caption: Michelangelo Buonarroti, Archers Shooting at a Herm (detail), c. 1530, red chalk (two shades). The Royal Collection, Windsor. © Her Majesty the Queen