The J. Paul Getty Museum. Photo by John Schreiber.

The J. Paul Getty Museum will put a rare drawing by Michelangelo on display starting Wednesday and continuing through Oct. 29.

It will be the first time the drawing, “Study of a Mourning Woman,” will be exhibited in a museum since it was rediscovered in the collection at Castle Howard in North Yorkshire, England, in 1995. It had been hidden among other treasures in the family collection housed in the 18th century residence, unknown to scholars for years.

The drawing, circa 1500-05, represents the best of a group of pen and ink drawings made early in Michelangelo’s career. It is part of an acquisition of 16 drawings and one painting by the Getty Museum in July, according to Timothy Potts, the museum’s director.   “Michelangelo is rightly regarded as one of the very greatest painters, sculptors, architects and draftsman in history, and it was important to me that the people of Los Angeles and other visitors to the Getty have the opportunity to view this exquisite addition to our collection before it is shown elsewhere,” Potts said.

The drawing will be displayed in the Getty Museum’s north pavilion on the second floor gallery. It will then be loaned to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, then go on view again at the Getty in January.

—City News Service

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