Michelangleo: Quest for Genius

If you need some creative inspiration and a warm, indoor activity, head to the AGO this weekend to catch the last days of Michelangelo: Quest for Genius.

The small exhibit features a collection of 16th century sketches and drawings done by Michelangelo in preparation for his famous paintings, sculptures, and architectural designs. These early studies offer a rare glimpse into the artist's creative development, and here you can see the trial and error that preceded some of the world's masterpieces. In many sketches, it is obvious where Michelangelo made adjustments and corrections in search of the ideal final image. This exhibit is a wonderful example and reminder that even great genius has a process, and often a struggle, behind it. 


I've been lucky enough to travel to Italy and see many of Michelangelo's most famous works in person. On my way to the AGO, I wondered if a few simple drawings would seem anti-climactic after the grandeur of the statue of David and the Sistine Chapel. I was wrong. There is something uniquely breathtaking about these delicate little drawings. They allow us to enter a tiny portion of the artist's brain and see illustrations that are raw and brutally honest. These drawings have not been polished to perfection for public consumption or to satisfy a wealthy patron, and, as such, they showcase an entirely different kind of beauty and artistic integrity.

As a bonus, a few sculptures by August Rodin are interspersed throughout the three galleries to showcase Michelangelo's influence on Rodin's work. 

If you have even one spare hour before the exhibit closes on Sunday I highly highly recommend that you go and see the man behind the masterpieces.

For more information and tickets click here.

To read some of my thoughts on failure and the creative process check out this post from November.