Touched by the Hands of God: Michelangelo’s Models
October 7 – November 26, 2017
Exhibit Admission: $5; free for Museum members
EXHIBIT FREE DAY: Tuesday, November 14
Free admission during Night on the Town on Friday, November 10 from 5 – 9 pm
The exhibit Touched by the Hands of God: Michelangelo’s Models features bronze casts of six of Michelangelo’s bozzetti, small sculptural models made of clay, wax and wood. These models are part of the renowned collection of the Museo Casa Buonarrotti in Florence, Italy, which commissioned the bronzes in cooperation with the Harry and Karly Spell Foundation. Due to their extreme rarity and fragility, Michelangelo’s sculptural models cannot be loaned for exhibition. The creation of bronze casts allows Michelangelo’s sculptural designs to be made available to a wider viewing public and the durable nature of bronze permits a unique interactive museum experience.Through cutting edge technology supported by Eiger Labs, molds were produced without touching the precious bozzetti using laser scanning and rapid prototyping and were cast at the foundry of Art Casting of Illinois, Inc.
While little attention has been devoted to his models, the pieces in this exhibit provide crucial insights into the complex technical methods and aesthetic concepts followed by Michelangelo in executing such monumental carved works as the David and the Captive Slaves.
Friday, October 13, 3:30 pm
Gallery tour of the Michelangelo exhibition with Loveland sculptor, Jack Kreutzer. Kreutzer has studied Michelangelo and points to this iconic artist as a driving influence upon his current practice. Following this tour, join us outside the Museum to watch a bronze pour.
Thursday, November 16, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
This gallery talk with Jim Richerson, Chief Executive Officer, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, Colorado, takes participants on a tour of Michelangelo’s models to learn about the remarkable story of these sculptures and the artist’s lasting influence on figural art.