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In March, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will present a stunning exhibition of Italian Renaissance art, featuring works by Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, and Tintoretto. The exhibition, titled Michelangelo and the Vatican: Masterworks from the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, Naples, opens on March 11.

Largely drawn from the renowned collection of the Capodimonte Museum in Naples, Italy, Michelangelo and the Vatican will highlight the artistic legacy of Pope Paul III (1468–1549) by featuring 40 works commissioned or completed during his papacy, including drawings, cartoons, paintings, sculpture, and prints by Renaissance master Michelangelo and his predecessors and successors across Italy.

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(L) Attributed to Michelangelo Buonarroti and workshop (over initial sketch by the master with later restorations), Cartoon of Venus Kissed by Cupid, c. 1535, charcoal on 19 sheets of paper, with outlines reworked for transfer of the design onto a working surface, mounted on canvas, Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe, Naples. | (R) Attributed to Jacopino del Conte, Portrait of Michelangelo (1475–1564), probably c. 1544, oil on wood, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, gift of Clarence Dillon.

“The legacy of Alessandro Farnese, Pope Paul III, who is remembered as an avid patron of the arts and architecture, illuminates a watershed moment in the history of Italian Renaissance art. We are grateful to our colleagues at the Capodimonte Museum for their generosity in sharing with their exceptional collection with us,” said Gary Tinterow, MFAH director. “We have the privilege to bring Michelangelo’s two largest surviving drawings to Houston after their recent presentation in New York, and complement them with additional loans from the Capodimonte Museum alongside works from the Vatican, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, private collectors, and our own collection.”

Michelangelo and the Vatican: Masterworks from the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, Naples will be on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from March 11 through June 10, 2018.

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Featured image: Marcello Venusti after Michelangelo Buonarrot., The Last Judgment, 1549, oil tempera on poplar wood. Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, Naples.

Mary Cate is a Houston-based writer, photographer, and reading fiend, recently returned to her native city after time in Austin and New York City. She loves sharing the best of Houston with the world — margaritas, anyone? She and her husband serve local businesses through their digital content company, Two Cats Communications.

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