Watch a video showing the conservation of a Michelangelo drawing on loan from Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford, in preparation for the exhibition Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer. The Met’s paper conservator Marjorie Shelley takes us through the complex and delicate process of restoring this beautiful architectural drawing.
Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564 ).
Designs for a monumental altar or facade, possibly for San Silvestro in Capite, Rome.
Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, black chalk, stylus ruling, and compass construction (recto), black chalk, some ruling in black chalk (verso).
By permission of the Governing Body of Christ Church, Oxford (0992; JBS 64)
Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer is on view at The Met Fifth Avenue from November 13, 2017, through February 12, 2018.
Director: Kate Farrell
Editor: Sarah Cowan
Producer: Melissa Bell
Camera: Wayne de la Roche, Sarah Cowan, Dia Felix
Lighting: Dia Felix
Production Coordinator: Kaelan Burkett
Production Assistants: Bryan Martin, Stephanie Wuertz
Original Music: Austin Fisher
© 2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art