Cleveland Museum of Art on Aug. 21 to start selling tickets to ‘Michelangelo’ exhibition

The Cleveland Museum of Art on Aug. 21 will begin selling tickets for a noteworthy upcoming exhibition, “Michelangelo: Mind of the Master,” the museum announced recently.

Organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum in conjunction with the Teylers Museum, Haarlem, the Netherlands, the “major” international loan exhibition will feature “an important selection of nearly 30 exquisite drawings of the highest quality by Michelangelo Buonarroti,” states a news release from CMA. It will run Sept. 22 through Jan. 5.

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“Study of a Left Leg,” 1524. Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Black chalk; 20.7 x 24.7 cm. Teylers Museum, purchased in 1790. (Teylers Museum, Haarlem)

Says the release:

Drawing was a key creative process for Michelangelo, and arguably no artist has used it more effectively in the expression of the human form. Given that Michelangelo burned large quantities of his drawings, Michelangelo: Mind of the Master provides an extraordinary opportunity to witness firsthand a key group of sketches that survived from the artist’s studio in Rome. Through his drawings, the exhibition explores the range of Michelangelo’s work as a painter, sculptor and architect.


The centerpiece of the exhibition is a group of drawings with an illustrious provenance from Queen Christina of Sweden (1626–1689), on loan from the Teylers Museum. The museum is known as the oldest in the Netherlands, having opened in 1784, and its holdings are unique in the world. This collection of Michelangelo drawings has been in the museum since 1791, and many of them have never been shown outside Europe. This marks the first time the drawings will leave the Teylers Museum as a group.

CMA members may reserve free tickets if their membership is current. (To become a member, to verify, renew or upgrade your membership level, or to confirm log-in information, go to or call the ticket center at 216-421-7350, the release states.)

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“Seated Male Nude,” c. 1511. Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564). Red chalk with highlights in white lead; 27.9 x 21.4 cm. Teylers Museum, purchased in 1790. (Teylers Museum, Haarlem)

The price structure for nonmembers: Adults $15; adult group rate $10; seniors $10; students $5; children 6–17 $5; 5 and under free.

The museum recommends reserving tickets through its online platform by visiting Tickets can also be reserved by phone at 216-421-7350 or at the museum’s ticket center. Advance sales are highly recommended, the release states.

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