"... a sensational exhibition in more ways than one." The Guardian

 "This show works like a trumpet blast, reawakening the viewer to [Michelangelo's] inspirational powers." The Times

 "... one of the greatest ... shows you will ever see." The Observer "A curatorial and scholarly triumph." Rating: **** The Daily Telegraph 

"... far and away the most accomplished study of the subject yet." Evening Standard 

"A breathtaking collection of drawings..." Rating: Outstanding The Independent 

" These are drawings of the most arcane refinement, unearthly beautiful." The New York Times

Michelangelo’s masterpiece The Dream is one of the greatest of all Renaissance

drawings. This complex work shows a nude youth being roused by a winged spirit

from the vices that surround him.

The Dream was probably part of the celebrated group of drawings which Michelangelo made as gifts for Tommaso de' Cavalieri, a young Roman nobleman with whom he had fallen passionately in love. With loans from international collections, the exhibition unites The Dream for the first time with these extraordinary drawings.

Michelangelo’s Dream also includes a selection of previously unexhibited handwritten

poems which the artist composed for Cavalieri. Further closely related drawings by

Michelangelo as well as works by Albrecht Dürer and others will shed light on the meaning of Michelangelo’s enigmatic masterpiece.

This unique opportunity to see some of Michelangelo’s finest and most beautiful drawings promises to be one of the exhibition highlights of the year.

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