Mornings at the Museum

Hellooo friends! In the midst of a jam-packed art modeling schedule of late I’ve still managed to see the Michelangelo exhibition at the Met … twice! Eight years in the making, works loaned from 50 museums and private collections around the world, and it shows. And they let you take photos! Why does that excite me so much? Because I’m now the owner of a brand new iPhone 7 which has a superb camera. I’m gonna have fun with this device, and it’s good for Museworthy too. Better pics!

This piece was a real treat, and it exemplifies why artists love to look at drawings even more than paintings – observing a master’s hand at work as he explores ideas and formulates his vision. These are Michelangelo’s studies for the arm of God in the Creation of Adam in the Sistine Chapel. Interesting how he tested two different gestures. And since Michelangelo wasn’t wasteful and reused paper, we can see the faded centaur sketch in the background:

I posted those arms to Instagram. Yes I’m on Instagram now! You know, with all the cool kids 😉 I’m at artmodelnyc if any of you would like to follow me there.

Here’s another drawing that my art model readers will appreciate. The paper is in poor condition but the pose is intense. A male model (all of Michelangelo’s models were men) doing a deep torso twist, turned head and pivoted shoulders. Not easy! The model was most likely one of Michelangelo’s stone cutters or studio assistants:

And a little more fun with my camera in black and white, the Athena Parthenos in the Met’s Great Hall. I posted a video about this sculpture’s installation last year. She’s a beauty:

8 thoughts on “Mornings at the Museum

  1. kdmedina says:

    I envy you! Hope all is well. December is a demanding month.


    • artmodel says:

      Ken, thank you! December is definitely a demanding month! We were just talking about this at a drawing group this afternoon.

      Hope all is well with you too.


  2. Bill says:

    That’s really a once in a lifetime exhibit — really glad that I was able to see it. 🙂

    (My only caveat is that the Met cafeteria seemed a little pricey. Suspect that they ID’ed me as a Bostonian.)

    • artmodel says:


      It was a joy to share the exhibit with you! So glad you came down for it!
      As for the cafeteria, the Met gouges all their victims. They seem to think their pb&js are as valuable as their art! 😆

      Thanks for commenting!


  3. Dave says:

    Oh, I’d love to see that exhibit! Those drawings of the hands and the male model are exquisite.

    And, yes, I really appreciate the challenge of that model’s pose. I was asked on Wednesday to do a standing contrapposto pose with twisted torso for a three-hour class (with breaks, of course). That was a challenge!

    I hope you’re doing well, Claudia. Thanks for sharing that magnificent art with those of us in the hinterlands.

    • artmodel says:


      Standing contrappostos are classic! I’m sure you did a superb job holding that pose. Artists definitely appreciate it.

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the pics. I’ll take more next time. As for me, I’m doing ok, just stressed about bills, holiday activities, etc. Grateful for all the modeling work though.

      Thanks for your comments! Always great to hear from you, friend.


  4. Gregory says:

    By sheer coincidence I have been studying the book “The Sistine Chapel A Glorious Restoration” marveling at Michelangelo’s masterpiece. And to think he didn’t even consider himself a painter but a sculptor is even more awe inspiring. Thanks so much Claudia, for sharing these images. I wish I could attend this show in person.

    • artmodel says:


      I too wish you could see this show in person. You’d love it. But this exhibition is, unusually, not traveling to any other museums. It’s one stop only! Wonderful that you have the Sistine Chapel book. Yes, Michelangelo was adamant that he was a sculptor, which is actually why his drawings are so magnificent – they are ‘sculptural’. He molds the forms on paper as if he was chiseling stone. Really fascinating.

      Thank you for your comments!


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