Chance to see rare Michelangelo drawings at Muscarelle Museum

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by 13News/Muscarelle Museum

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Posted on February 4, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 4 at 2:01 PM

WILLIAMSBURG - You won't have to travel far to see many of the works of Michelangelo. 

25 drawings, which were preserved by his descendants in the family home, the Casa Buonarroti in Florence, are on display at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary. 

The exhibit is called Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, Masterpiece Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti.  It opens February 9 and will include studies for paintings as well as designs and plans for churches and military fortifications. Several of the works have never been seen in the United States. 

A drawing of Cleopatra is one of the key images.

"Cleopatra, we see her as beautiful and alluring. No one knew until 20 years ago that he had on the back, let's say the before and after - a picture of the same Cleopatra as some horrible banshee.

The point is we musn't give in to the allure of sensuality," explained John Spike, the museum's deputy director.

 

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