We at TheRealStanLee.com love it when the worlds of “high brow” culture (classical art and music, etc.) and low brow culture (y’know, like comics, ‘n stuff) collide. That’s why we were delighted when New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art posted the following to their Twitter account:
This morning we welcomed Michelangelo, one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (@TMNT) at The Met. Our celebrity guest came to see the work of an artist who happens to share his name. https://t.co/jUPJhto7Xr #MetMichelangelo pic.twitter.com/YS7T5xZv9a
— The Met (@metmuseum) January 25, 2018
Yup, that’s Michelangelo the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, visiting The Met’s exhibit “Michaelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer.”
While the nunchuck master offered no official statement about the works of the Renaissance master, we imagine he probably said something like: “Radical!”
First appearing in 1984’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles issue #1 by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, Michelangelo the turtle (also spelled Michaelangelo, but often called Mikey) is of course named after Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (normally just called by his first name who first appeared on planet Earth on March 6th, 1475 and died February 18th, 1864, after becoming known for being one of, if not the greatest artist of the Italian Renaissance, and perhaps all time.
— artnet (@artnet) January 25, 2018
The Met’s exhibition represents the largest collection of his works ever assembled and displayed in America including: 133 of his drawings, three of his marble sculptures, his earliest painting, his wood architectural model for a chapel vault, and what the Met describes as “a substantial body of complementary works by other artists for comparison and context.”
— Time Out New York (@TimeOutNewYork) January 25, 2018
The show is on display until February 12th, 2018, so Mikey made it with a couple of weeks to spare. There was no word as to whether or not Leonardo, Donatello, or Raphael were spotted checking out works of their respective namesakes which may be in the museum’s permanent collection.