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Michelangelo and the Ideal Body

Michelangelo's "The Creation of Adam" and "The Last Judgment" on the ceiling of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel, his "Pieta" sculpture of Mary holding the body of Christ at St. Peter's Basilica, and his marble statue of "David" in Florence are some of Italy's most renowned artworks.

An accomplished artist from a young age — "Pieta" and "David" were completed while he was in his 20s — Michelangelo (1475-1564) was one of the few Renaissance artists to achieve fame and wealth during his lifetime.

With a focus on the sculptures "David-Apollo" and "Young St. John the Baptist," this exhibition explores Michelangelo's perception of the ideal body through a comparison of 70 pieces from Ancient Greece and Rome (cultures that inspired him) and Italian Renaissance examples. Yukari Tanaka