Michelangelo the Ninja Turtle Views Works by Michelangelo at the Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's latest blockbuster show Divine Draftsman & Designer, an exhibition showcasing the drawings of Renaissance master Michelangelo, has attracted more than 500,000 people since it opened in November. To further hype up the interest of younger visitors before the show ends on 12 February, the museum invited a special, stealthy guest to come up all the way from in the sewers. Michelangelo (Mickey), the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle known for his love of pizza, was excited to see the works made by the artist who shares his name.

The Teenage Ninja Turtle with an orange mask is named after the Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo

To refresh the memory of our readers, let me introduce four team members of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They are all named after great masters of the Renaissance.

Leading the team is Leonardo (Leo), a courageous turtle wearing a blue mask, sharing the same name as Leonardo da Vinci. Donatello (Donnie), wearing a purple mask and wields a bo staff, is named after the early Renaissance sculptor Donatello. Raphael, also the name of the Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance, wears a red mask and wields a pair of sai.

The historic meet-up between two Michelangelos has made a blast on the social network

The once-in-a-lifetime exhibition features 133 of Michelangelo's drawings, three of his marble sculptures, his earliest painting, his wood architectural model for a chapel vault, as well as a substantial body of complementary works by other artists for comparison and context.

The left one was created by Martin Schongauer and the right one by Michelangelo

One of the fascinating exhibits is The Torment of Saint Anthony, painted by Michelangelo after an engraving by Martin Schongauer. It was painted when the artist was only 12 or 13 years old.

Studies for the Libyan Sibyl

Archers Shooting at a Herm

The exhibition also includes some of the valuable and vulnerable drawings which have been rarely shown in public, such as Studies for the Libyan Sibyl.


Other highlights

Bacchanal of Children

Cartoon of Venus Kissed by Cupid

Study of the Torso of a Male Nude Seen from the Back

Roman Soldiers, Cartoon Fragment for the Lower Left Part of the Crucifixion of Saint Peter in the Pauline Chapel


Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer

Dates: 2017/11/13 - 2018/2/12
Venue: The Met
Exhibition admission: free with Museum admission


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