Michelangelo's Crucifixion (c. 1541) is just one of many haunting and highly personal drawings that the artist completed during his last years. These drawings amount to a form of visual prayer expressing his deeply felt beliefs, feelings he was also expressing at the time in his religious poetry. In this drawing, Michelangelo has endowed Christ with the muscular strength typical of his sculptures, while concentrating a sense of deep anguish in Christ's head, which twists upward as if pleading for humanity's redemption.
Michelangelo did many variations on the passion of Christ, which, toward the end of his life, became increasingly endowed with the artist's own feelings of inner turmoil. See Michelangelo's drawing of Christ redeemer on the next page.