Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane

Rare Michelangelo Drawings Come to Arizona

Courtesy Phoenix Art Museum, used with permission

In 2016 Phoenix Art Museum hosts a special exhibition, Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, Masterpiece Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti. This is the first time that works of Michelangelo are exhibited in Arizona.

The  twenty-six sketches and drawings by the Renaissance master that comprise the exhibition are rarely permitted to be displayed outside of Italy. They were shown in the United States in 2013, but only two cities were selected for a return engagement: Nashville (Frist Center for the Visual Arts in 2015) and Phoenix (Phoenix Art Museum in 2016).

The drawings include a selection of architectural plans for churches and other grand edifices, such as the Medici church of San Lorenzo in Florence, which included plans for a marble grid that would host ten statues sculpted by Michelangelo himself. Two years after the designs were completed, in 1520, work on the marble was stopped; the church still stands without the finished marble façade.

This exhibition also includes items with biblical themes, such as Madonna and Child (1524), and The Sacrifice of Isaac (circa 1535).

The exhibition was organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art at The College of William and Mary in Virginia, in partnership with the Fondazione Casa Buonarroti and Associazione Culturale Metamorfosi.

What: Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, Masterpiece Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti

Where: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004

How to Get There: Here is a map with directions.

 The Museum is accessible by METRO Light Rail.

When: January 17, 2016 through March 27, 2016

Museum Hours for This Exhibition:

Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

How much: Admission to Michelangelo is included with your general admission to the Museum, except during voluntary donation times.

On certain days Phoenix Art Museum offers voluntary donations, where general admission is optional. During the run of this exhibition, however, there is a charge for those who wish to the Michelangelo exhibit on those days: $8 for adults, and $5 for youth ages 6-17. Those days are:

Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
First Fridays (February 5 and March 4, 2016) from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Second Sundays (February 14 and March 13) from noon to 5 p.m.

Discounts: Phoenix Art Museum members are admitted free.

You Should Know: These carefully preserved drawings are displayed in lower light since they are very delicate and fragile. Many of the drawings include Michelangelo’s notes while others are only partially completed.

Get More Information:  Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane

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