On view through May 16, 2010, Michelangelo’s Dream presents the artists masterpiece “The Dream” alongside previously exhibited poems written as gifts to Tommaso de’ Cavalleri as well. Michelangelo had fallen for the nobleman and produced a number of drawings for him. At the Courtauld Galleries, many of these drawings are reunited for the first time – providing winning context for “The Dream,” a “complex work show[ing] a nude youth being roused by a winged spirit from the vices that surround him” – and allows for a full discussion of the meaning of Michelangelo’s great drawing.

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