Presented by David Bomford, the Audrey Jones Beck Curator of European Art, chairman of conservation, 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 40 works commissioned or completed in the 16th century, many during the papacy of Pope Paul III. Remembered for his enthusiastic patronage of the arts in general, and Michelangelo in particular, Pope Paul III oversaw the completion of the artist’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 painted in oil by Marcello Venusti. Additional highlights include two of Michelangelo’s finest monumental drawings: Venus Kissed by Cupid and Roman Soldiers; as well as two iconic portraits of Pope Paul III by Italy’s great Renaissance masters: Raphael and Titian.

David Bomford introduces the exhibition, showing how the selections highlight Michelangelo’s greatest artistic triumphs and the close relationship between Michelangelo and Pope Paul III.

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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.