From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci: A Century of Italian Drawings from the Prado

1/23/2009-4/05/2009
Main Gallery

michelangeloBartolomeo Passerotti (1529–92), Male Head, pen and brown ink. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, D-1781 (FD 1368).  

This exhibition featured 70 original drawings by Michelangelo and other 16th-century masters from the collections of Spain's prestigious Prado Museum. Focusing on the period from roughly 1520 to 1620, this exhibition highlighted the exceptional technical proficiency achieved by artists of the time while demonstrating the importance of drawing in the creation of multiple types of art, including ceramics, frescos, prints, tapestries, and stained glass.

Scholar Nicholas Turner's extensive research in identifying and documenting these drawings led to the first exhibition of most of these works outside the Prado since the institution acquired them more than 75 years ago. Turner's work also revealed two of the drawings as Michelangelo figure studies for the Sistine Chapel's Last Judgment.

From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci was organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia, in association with The Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. Support for the exhibition has been provided by The Samuel H. Kress Foundation, The Chisholm Foundation, and an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities. Support for its exhibition at the Block Museum is provided by the Alumnae of Northwestern University; Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation; Embassy of Spain in Washington, D.C.; Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; Istituto Italiano di Cultura; and Myers Foundations.