Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane opens at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts

November 5, 2015
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The 2013 blockbuster exhibition at the Muscarelle Museum, Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, Masterpiece Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti, has returned to the United States for two encore presentations at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee and the Phoenix Art Museum.  Curated by Dr. John T. Spike, the exhibition consists of twenty-six drawings by the Renaissance master and represents another remarkable collaboration between the Casa Buonarroti, the Muscarelle Museum of Art and the Associazione Culturale Metamorfosi in Rome.

As curated by Dr. Spike, the exhibition highlights a range of works, from rough sketches to presentation drawings produced over a span of 60 years drawn from the unparalleled collection of the Casa Buonarroti, Michelangelo’s ancestral home in Florence, Italy.   The unifying theme is the age-old contrast of the sacred and profane as understood by Michelangelo.  In this second edition, Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane offers two beautiful drawings not seen in the 2013 exhibition, including a profile study of a young man’s face and an anatomical study of the torso of Christ.

Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane will remain on view at the Frist until January 6, 2016.  The exhibition was brought to the Frist to celebrate the Center’s fifteenth anniversary.  After closing at the Frist, the exhibition will continue to the Phoenix Art Museum where it will be on view from January 17, 2016 until March 27, 2016.

The Muscarelle has published a Second Edition of its catalogue, Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, to accompany this exhibition. The Second Edition features additional essays by Dr. John T. Spike as well as other key contributors.

For more information or to visit the exhibition at the Frist, visit their website here.

For more information or to visit the exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum, visit their website here.

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