Nearly 100 drawings by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564), including The Resurrection, are on display at the British Museum for three months.
It is the first time in 30 years that the museum has exhibited artworks by the Renaissance artist.
The exhibition focuses on Michelangelo's drawings, such as The Erythraean Sybil, which were used as first drafts for many of his paintings and sculptures.
This study would eventually become the Creation of Adam, part of Michelangelo's spectacular Sistine Chapel ceiling.
The works on display include the Crucifixion scenes the artist drew shortly before his death.
This pen drawing, entitled Study for Haman, was used as a starting point for The Crucifixion of Haman.
Michelangelo burnt large numbers of his drawings, making the ones on show even rarer.
The Teyler Museum in the Netherlands and Oxford's Ashmolean Museum have loaned drawings for the show.
The chronological exhibition puts particular emphasis on drawings linked to the artist's most important work.
The exhibition, including this study for The Risen Christ, can be seen at the British Museum in London from 23 March to 25 June 2006.