Masterworks by Michelangelo and his contemporaries highlight the artistic legacy of Pope Paul III and the vital role drawing played in art production throughout Europe during the Renaissance. Michelangelo and the Vatican features drawings, cartoons, paintings, sculpture, and prints by Michelangelo and his predecessors and successors, including Raphael and Titian.

Remembered for his enthusiastic patronage of the arts in general, and of Michelangelo in particular, Pope Paul III oversaw the completion of the 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 by Marcello Venusti.

This 45-minute, docent-led tour explores the exhibition and encourages visitors to discuss the artwork together.

Drop in! This tour is free with admission to “Michelangelo and the Vatican: Masterworks from the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, Naples."

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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.