Michelangelo-Quest For Genius-Oct.,18th 2014-Jan.11th,2015@AGO

By A.J. Lam

The AGO’s special exhibition Michelangelo: “Quest for Genius” gives Toronto its first glimpse of more than 25 drawings by the Renaissance sculptor, painter, poet and architect Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti (b. 1475). Opening on Oct. 18, 2014, and remaining on view until Jan. 11, 2015, the exhibition presents sketches from the artist direct from the collection of the Casa Buonarroti in Florence, Italy. Highlighting many of Michelangelo’s great unfinished projects, it tells the story of his lifelong search for artistic perfection and the trials, frustrations and accomplishments that accompanied him on his path.
The exhibition also examines the work and creative process of French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). Inspired by Michelangelo, Rodin’s career was plagued by the same criticism and rejection experienced by his artistic father figure centuries earlier, with his greatest works many times rejected by both critics and the public. A selection of 10 sculptures by Rodin are also on display. Exhibition highlights include:
Michelangelo’s depiction of Cleopatra, c. 1532-33;
Finished presentation drawing of Madonna and Child by Michelangelo, c. 1524;
Michelangelo’s pen and ink sketch Study for fortifications for the Porta al Prato in Florence, c. 1529;
Michelangelo’s Studies for the head of Leda, c. 1630; and
Rodin’s life-sized sculptures The Thinker, 1902, Adam, 1881-1929 and Eve, 1883