New York City just doubled its Michelangelo population. Michelangelo, the famous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, took a visit to the Met Museum to see the art of Michelangelo, the great Renaissance artist.
Before he jumps back into action later this year in the new Nickelodeon TMNT animated series, one of our favorite pizza-loving, New York City sewer-dwellers left his nunchucks at home and took a quiet visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he visited a special exhibit relevant to his interests.
The turtle's trip coincided with a month-long exhibit dedicated to his namesake, artist Michelangelo Buonarroti, called Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer. And judging by the photos, Michelangelo loved what he saw of the artist's work. Or maybe he just liked seeing his name in really big letters.
Of course, these two dudes don't just happen to share the same name. Buonarroti was actually the inspiration for Michelangelo's name dating back to the original comics. TMNT co-creator Peter Laird told Mental Floss that he and co-creator Kevin Eastman originally planned to use Japanese names for the turtles, but ultimately came up with the idea to name them after four Renaissance artists: Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo. “It felt just quirky enough to fit the concept,” said Laird.
This decision ensured any kid born in the 1980s or '90s would know the names of at least four master artists from history. And bonus: We got this uber meta social media moment, too!
The Michelangelo exhibit at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art runs through Feb. 12. Don't forget to grab a slice of pizza while you're there.