The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) once again has your date night covered.
And it’s pretty genius. As in, one-of-the-best-known-painters-in-the-world genius.
Straight from Italy, the AGO will be presenting Michelangelo: Quest for Genius from October 18th to January 11th, where you can expect to see 30 drawings by the Renaissance sculptor, painter, poet, and architect Michelangelo Buonarroti.
Of course, Michelangelo (who lived 1475-1564) is best known for his iconic works like the sprawling mural on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City and the statue of David in Florence. But you knew that (unless all this time you thought he was just a really cool turtle).
Never before seen in Toronto, the architectural and figural sketches come from the esteemed collection of the Casa Buonarroti in Florence, a house purchased by Michelangelo in 1508 but never occupied during his lifetime.
The famed artist actually left many of his most notable projects unfinished, but this exhibition brings to life several of his great unfinished designs through computer animation. Other highlights include preliminary sketches for the Sistine Chapel – yes, these are better than any doodle you’ve ever made.
The exhibition explores the notion of genius in Michelangelo’s own creative struggles, along with disappointment and defeat. It also examines the influence that Michelangelo had four centuries later on the French sculptor Auguste Rodin who worked in the late of the 19th century and early 20th. A selection of nine key sculptures by Rodin will also be on display.
Sometimes the best way to come across as a genius is to recognize and appreciate it in someone else.
Cover image from: AGO on Wikipedia