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[Special Exhibition]
Michelangelo and the Ideal Body

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 – Monday, 24 September 2018
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Fridays, Saturdays 9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Admission ends 30 mins. before closing time
Mondays except 16 July, 13 August, 17 September and 24 September 2018.
Closed on 17 July 2018.
Organized by:
The National Museum of Western Art,
NHK Promotions Inc.,
The Yomiuri Shimbun
With the support of:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan,
Embassy of Italy in Tokyo
With the sponsorship of:
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.,
With the cooperation of:
Alitalia-Società Aerea Italiana S.p.A.,
Nippon Cargo Airlines Co., Ltd.,
The Western Art Foundation
Admission Fees:
Adults 1,600 yen, College students 1,200 yen, High school students 800 yen
Advance purchase/Discount fees for groups of 20 or more:
Adults 1,400 yen, College students 1,000yen, High school students 600 yen
Advance purchase tickets will be on sale from Wednesday 21 March 2018 to Monday 18 June 2018. At the museum ticket office, advance ticket will be available until Sunday 17 June 2018.
For ticket sales from other than the museum's own ticket office, see the exhibition website.
Full admission fees apply from Tuesday 19 June 2018.
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:

Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) was called a god-like artist for his mastery of all three major artistic forms – sculpture, painting and architecture. His Sistine Chapel ceiling’s image of the Creation of Adam, and his fresco of the Last Judgement are renowned worldwide. And yet, he always referred to himself as a sculptor.

His large–scale sculpture – such as the Pieta sculpture in St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome and David symbolizing the Florentine republic in Florence, both completed in his early 20s – reveal his magnificent technical and artistic prowess, and are treasured in their respective regions. This importance in their home locales has meant that it has previously been extremely difficult to hold an exhibition on Michelangelo in Japan focusing on these works.

Working from a core of Michelangelo’s masterwork sculptures David-Apollo and Young St. John the Baptist, the approximately 70 works displayed here will explore how artists in their respective periods, Antiquity and the Renaissance, created their own ideal human form.

Lectures and Slide Talks will be also held at a museum. Please visit each page for detail.

Exhibition Checklist (PDF file, about 312KB)


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