The Drawings of a Genius

In a major exhibition, the Albertina in Vienna will present around one hundred of the most beautiful drawings by Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarotti Simoni, better known as Michelangelo (1475-1564). The exhibition will offer a hitherto unparalleled overview of his oeuvre. The focus will be on his figural drawings, the genius of a period of change, with his versatile talents as a draftsman, painter, architect, and sculptor. The show traces Michelangelo’s career from the artist’s juvenile works and designs to works dating from the artist’s late period. At the same time, new clues as to the dating of individual works will be provided. Projections of the monumental ceiling frescoes, the incorporation of plaster casts of Michelangelo’s sculptures, as well as paintings by other artists based on the master’s designs are meant to illustrate the dimensions and impact of his art. New paths of didactic presentation will be forged through a documentation of contemporary history and the artist’s environment.