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October 27, 2008

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“Michelangelo: The Man and the Myth” opens at Palitz Gallery
New York City on November 4
Presented by Syracuse University Art Galleries

The exhibition includes 14 works by Michelangelo, eight of which have never been seen in the United States; organized by the Casa Buonarroti in Florence, Italy, in association with Syracuse University

October 27, 2008 - The Palitz Gallery in New York City, Syracuse University’s New York gallery, will present “Michelangelo: The Man and the Myth” opening on November 4th, following its highly successful run at Syracuse University Art Galleries where it closed on October 19th. The exhibition includes more than a dozen original drawings and writings by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564), many of which have never been seen in the United States. Along with works by Michelangelo, the exhibition will feature works of his contemporaries.

“Michelangelo: The Man and the Myth” is organized by Dottoressa Pina Ragionieri, guest curator and director of the Casa Buonarroti in Florence, Italy, in association with Gary Radke, scholarly advisor and professor of Fine Arts in The College of Arts and Sciences at SU, and Domenic Iacono, director of the SUArt Galleries and the Palitz Gallery. The exhibition is jointly presented by the SUArt Galleries in Syracuse and the Louise and Bernard Palitz Gallery at SU’s Joseph I. Lubin House in New York City and will be on view from Nov. 4, 2008 through Jan. 4, 2009 at the Palitz Gallery, 11 E. 61st St., Manhattan. A comprehensive and fully illustrated catalogue, published by SUArt Galleries with essays by Pina Ragionieri and Domenic Iacono, will accompany the exhibition.

Best known as the sculptor of the colossal statue “David” in Florence and painter of the Sistine Chapel ceiling and large fresco “The Last Judgment” at the Vatican, Michelangelo was also a renowned poet, architect, anatomist, military engineer, entrepreneur, and patriot —a true Renaissance man. As such, the exhibition will explore multiple facets of Michelangelo’s life, art and reputation.

The exhibition will feature more than 25 works by Michelangelo and artists contemporary to him, including 14 works by Michelangelo chosen to illustrate the broad range of his interests and creative activities.  In addition to the Head of Leda, widely recognized as one of the artist’s most important drawings, figural studies associated with the Sistine Chapel and other paintings, as well as original architectural plans and sketches of ancient Roman monuments are included. Autograph examples of the artist’s poetry will be complemented by printed books.  Eight of the Michelangelo works in the exhibition (five drawings and three manuscript pages) have never been seen in the United States. Works by Leone Leoni, Marcello Venusti, Giorgio Ghisi and others are included in the exhibition to illustrate the homage paid to the Master during his lifetime.

“Syracuse University is especially thrilled to present this wealth of research on the genius Renaissance master and inventor Michelangelo because of the engagement it will create between our University and the public,” says SU Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor. “This exhibition is an example of how we further our commitment to Scholarship in Action by integrating discovery, learning and public engagement.”

“To bring the myth of Michelangelo across the Atlantic, together with the centuries-long memories of the Casa Buonarroti, is truly an emotional experience,” says Guest Curator Ragionieri. “But to speak to the citizens of Syracuse and New York City about a sublime protagonist of the Italian Renaissance by means of his life as a man and artist—as well as offer some of his splendid drawings for their admiration—is also a great responsibility. I am happy and proud to arrange this important rendezvous and hope to have found the appropriate way in this exhibition to communicate the superhuman dimension of Michelangelo’s creative adventure.”

By most accounts, there are fewer than a dozen drawings and no paintings or sculpture by Michelangelo in current American art collections. The drawings in the exhibition will, therefore, for a time, more than double the number of Michelangelo works in the United States, presenting a unique opportunity for audiences who have never seen his original work.

“This exhibition provides a rare opportunity to explore the many sides of Michelangelo’s career. As such, it will educate students and the public alike to broaden their appreciation and understanding of this great Renaissance genius,” says Radke. “I constantly urge my students to study abroad, especially in Italy, because there is simply no substitute for seeing works of art firsthand. Now, countless members of the American public will be able to examine and appreciate Michelangelo’s drawings and writings right here in the United States. These works are rarely seen, even in Florence, because they need to be protected from the damaging effects of light.”

“I feel very privileged to help bring these extraordinary works by Michelangelo to our galleries,” says Iacono. “Working with Pina and Gary to develop an exhibition that speaks to the intellect and artistic genius of Michelangelo, we hope to provide an educational atmosphere that serves as a catalyst between the works of art in the exhibition and the visitors who come to view it.”

The Louise and Bernard Palitz Gallery at SU’s Joseph I. Lubin House in New York City is exhibition space overseen by the SUArt Galleries. The gallery is made possible through the support of SU alumna Louise Palitz and her husband Bernard. Throughout the year, the Gallery presents a variety of notable exhibitions from the University’s collection and private and museum collections.

Principal support for the exhibition has been provided by SU alumna Louise Palitz and her husband, Bernard G. Palitz. Significant funding has also been provided by TIAA-CREF, Susan and Washburn S. Oberwager, United Technologies Corp. and its business unit the Carrier Corp., the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and the Italian Cultural Institute.

Tickets for the exhibition at the Palitz Gallery in New York can be purchased through Ticketweb at http://www.ticketweb.com/ or by phone: 1-866-468-7619. Seniors, students and SU alumni will receive discounted tickets. SU students with a current valid ID may obtain one free ticket for the exhibition. For more details on this exhibition visit http://michelangelo.syr.edu/ or call 212-754-5121.