Led by Dena M. Woodall, associate curator of prints and drawings, and organizing co-curator of the exhibition “Michelangelo and the Vatican: Masterworks from the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, Naples”

Largely drawn from the renowned collection of the Capodimonte Museum in Naples, Italy, Michelangelo and the Vatican presents some 40 works, many commissioned or completed during the papacy of Alessandro Farnese, Pope Paul III.

Remembered for his enthusiastic patronage of the arts in general, and Michelangelo in particular, Pope Paul III oversaw the completion of Michelangelo’s stupendous fresco, The Last Judgment, on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel. The exhibition features a unique, large-scale copy of The Last Judgment. Additional highlights include two of Michelangelo’s finest monumental drawings: Roman Soldiers and Venus Kissed by Cupid; as well as two iconic portraits of Pope Paul III by Italy’s great Renaissance masters: Raphael and Titian.

Join curator Dena M. Woodall for this private tour that explores how the works in the exhibition highlight Michelangelo’s greatest artistic triumphs, the close relationship between Michelangelo and Pope Paul III, and the vital role that drawing played in artistic production throughout Europe in the late 15th and 16th centuries.

About Exclusive Tours 
Exclusive Tours offer access to select Museum exhibitions on special Mondays, when the Museum is closed to the public. In these lively, in-depth walking tours, Museum experts share their expansive knowledge about the featured exhibition. After the tour, discuss your experience over a glass of sparkling wine.

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Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from Melvyn and Cyvia Wolff; MD Anderson Cancer Center; Mitra Mujica-Margolis and Michael Margolis; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; Institute of Museum and Library Services; Houston Junior Woman's Club; Mercantil Bank; Mr. William J. Hill; The Windgate Charitable Foundation; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; Sharon G. Dies; The Powell Foundation; and the Susan Vaughan Foundation.