23 March-25 June 2006. The British Museum presents a chronological exhibition of drawings by the Renaissance genius Michelangelo Buonarotti (1475-1564). Nearly 100 drawings are on display, including first drafts for many of his famous paintings and sculptures. Ranging from intimate studies made in his youth to the visionary Crucifixion scenes drawn shortly before his death, the exhibition reunites artworks not displayed together for 400 years. Michelangelo was in the habit of burning the drafts and sketches for his paintings, making this exhibition of his drawings from the British Museum, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and the Teyler Museum in Haarlem even more unique. A programme of lectures, discussions, workshops and special events is being held in tandem with the exhibition. A film season entitled Michelangelo and Michelangelos world runs from 21 April to 16 June in the Stevenson Lecture Theatre. Admission 3-2. Booking required. Michelangelo Drawings operates on a timed-ticket entry and advance booking is recommended.
Admission 10, senior citizens 9, students 7, unwaged, disabled, 14-18 years 5, under-14s free. Daily 10.00-17.30, Thurs-Fri 10.00-20.30.
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