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October 29, 2002 – November 3, 2002
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY
Location: 1st Floor, Great Hall
On view is the recently discovered, unsigned black chalk drawing by Michelangelo depicting a candelabrum, believed to have been commissioned by the Medici family as part of the funerary chapel in Florence, Italy, which was never built. Visiting scholar Sir Timothy Clifford, director of the National Galleries of Scotland, made the discovery when viewing the museum's holdings of Italian drawings. Some 400 drawings by Michelangelo (1475-1564) are known to exist; fewer than a dozen of these are held by museums in the United States.