Michelangelo draws 702,000 to the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, Caprese 1475-1564 Rome), Studies for the Libyan Sibyl in the Sistine Ceiling (recto), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1924

NEW YORK – The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced that “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer,” which closed Feb. 12, attracted 702,516 visitors during its three-month run, placing it among the museum’s most visited exhibitions of all time.

Opened on Nov. 13, the exhibition joins such Met blockbusters as “Treasures of Tutankhamun” (1978), “Mona Lisa” (1963) and “Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art” (2010) and ranks as the 10th most popular exhibition ever held at the Met in its 148-year history. It is also the most visited drawings exhibition ever organized by the museum.

“We are delighted that more than 700,000 people from around the world experienced firsthand the towering genius of Michelangelo through this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition,” said Daniel H. Weiss, president and CEO of the Met. “Eight years in the making, the show was a comprehensive and breathtaking reexamination of a luminary of Renaissance art, and marks the first time a collection of this magnitude has been united in one place.”

The exhibition was organized by Carmen Bambach, curator in the Met’s Department of Drawings and Prints.

“Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer” presented a number of works by the artist: 133 of his drawings, three of his marble sculptures, his earliest painting, and his wood architectural model for a chapel vault.