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Michelangelo Buonarroti
-The Making of a Genius and the 500th Anniversary of the Sistine Chapel

Friday 6 September – Sunday 17 November , 2013
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 12 October 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Fridays and Saturday 2 November - Sunday 3 November 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
(Admission ends 30 mins. before closing time)
Mondays except 16 and 23 September, 14 October and 4 November.
Closed on 17 and 24 September, 15 October and 5 November.
Organized by:
The National Museum of Western Art,
Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc., The Asahi Shimbun Company
Patronized by:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Embassy of Italy, BS-TBS, INC.,
TBS Radio & Communications, Inc.
Scholarly Assistance:
MetaMorfosi associazione culturale, Casa Buonarroti
With the special sponsorship of :
Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd.
With the sponsorship of:
With the Cooperation of:
The Otsuka Museum of Art
Alitalia-Compagnia Aerea Italiana S.p.A
Nippon Express Company, Ltd.
East Japan Railway Company
The Western Art Foundation
Admission Fees:
Adults 1,400 yen, College students 1,200 yen, High school students 700 yen
Advance purchase/Discount fees for groups of 20 or more:
Adults 1,200 yen, College students 1,000yen, High school students 600 yen
Advance purchase tickets will be on sale until Thursday 5 September. At the museum ticket office, advance ticket will be available until Wednesday 4 September.
For ticket sales from other than the museum's own ticket office, see the exhibition website. Full admission fees apply from Friday 6 September.
Junior high school and younger children admitted free of charge.
Disabled visitors admitted free of charge with one attendant. Please present your disability identification upon arrival.
Number of visitors:
Traveling Venue:
Fukui Fine Arts Museum (June 28th - August 25th, 2013)

Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) represents the pinnacle achievement of the Renaissance and is one of the greatest artists in the history of Western art. Through its introduction of 60 works from the Casa Buonarroti (Florence) collection of Michelangelo’s descendents, this exhibition explores the creative achievement and influence of this artist who has been revered as an almost god-like figure from his lifetime through the present. Thanks to the full cooperation of the Casa Buonarroti, renowned as a world-leading collection of Michelangelo works and related materials both in terms of quality and quantity, we are able to present this monographic exhibition on the artist known primarily through the frescos and massive sculptures whose format and scale prevent their overseas display.

The "Madonna of the Stairs" is an early-period masterpiece of marble relief carving created when the artist was around 15 years old. Rarely viewed outside the Casa Buonarroti, this is the first long-term loan and display of this work. The other more than 30 works by Michelangelo, primarily drawings, present a particularly rare opportunity to delve into this genius artist’s creative process and its secrets. The exhibition also introduces such previously little-known historical materials as letters and manuscripts written by Michelangelo himself, further illuminating the human side of this larger-than-life artist and the anguish that accompanied his artistic production.

Lectures, and Slide Talks will be also held at the museum. Please visit each page for details.

Exhibition checklist (PDF File, about 1040KB)


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