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Work in focus: Michelangelo’s drawings – Tityus


Friday 15 February 2019
11am — 12pm

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Bill Viola / Michelangelo

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Michelangelo Buonarroti, Tityus (detail), 1532.

Black chalk. 19 x 33 cm. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018, www.royalcollection.org.uk.

Join Martin Clayton, Head of Prints and Drawings at Windsor Castle and co-curator of the ‘Bill Viola / Michelangelo’ exhibition, as he takes the drawing ‘Tityus’ as a starting point to uncover the themes and ideas expressed throughout Michelangelo’s presentation drawings.

Among Michelangelo’s most distinctive works are his highly finished “presentation” drawings, erudite depictions of myths or allegories made as gifts for his closest friends. Michelangelo created at least four such drawings for a young Roman nobleman, Tommaso de’ Cavalieri, with whom he had fallen passionately in love in 1532. Two of these drawings were made as a pair, contrasting base lust with divine love. One depicts the mythological giant Tityus, who was punished for attempted rape by eternal torment in Hades; the second drawing, now lost, depicted the beautiful shepherd Ganymede abducted by the god Jupiter.

In this talk Martin Clayton explores the key place that Michelangelo’s presentation drawings occupy in his art, with a focus on, Tityus, one drawing within the series. Join us to learn more about how the ideas expressed in these drawings illuminate the artist’s thinking about the nature and fate of the soul.

Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London in partnership with Royal Collection Trust and with the collaboration of Bill Viola Studio.

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Friday 15 February 2019

11am — 12pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£10, £6