Michelangelo the Ninja Turtle visits real-life Michelangelo art

A totally rad day out

On Thursday, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Michelangelo (or a man in a costume, whatever) took himself out on a little daytrip to visit his namesake. He was spotted at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York taking in some pieces at Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer.

All four of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are named after Italian Renaissance artists – Michelangelo’s pals are called Leonardo, Donatello, and Raphael, but they didn’t show up to support him. The Michelangelo show opened in November and has seen more than 500,000 visitors – and it’s going on until February 12.  

The Met documented Michelangelo’s visit on Twitter, and Hyperallergic posted tons of photos of him lost in thought as he toured the marble busts, bronze portraits and huge drawings. He also had himself a little sit down and checked out some of the Met’s other works. Because nothing is truly pure or good, Michelangelo was not there spontaneously, but as an envoy of the NYC & Company, a group that markets New York City as a travel destination. In May last year, they designated the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as the city’s official Family Ambassadors – for the second year in a row.

In his own creative output, the pizza-loving turtle and the other dudes have an upcoming arcade game and video game out in February.