Art: 41 Survivors

Michelangelo at the Morgan

All his life, Michelangelo drew indefatigably—from models, from cadavers, from memory. Yet, according to his friend Giorgio Vasari, "so that no one should ever know the extent to which he had struggled to achieve perfection," Michelangelo burned nearly all the drawings he still owned just before his death at 88.

No U.S. museum has ever been able to muster even half a dozen for a show. Thus Manhattan's Morgan Library scored something of a coup when it persuaded the British Museum to send 41 Michelangelo drawings for an extended show....

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