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Michelangelo and the Ideal Body

This exhibition draws a through line from Greek sculpture to Michelangelo, demonstrating the ideal male body from Ancient Greece to the Renaissance. The curators explain the emphasis the Greeks placed on the idealization of perfection as opposed to the unique, the athletic body, and the blending of male and female features. Spoiler alert: there are only two pieces by Michelangelo: David-Apollo, which is unfinished; and Young Saint John the Baptist, which is in pieces but has been reconstructed.