Seminar exploring various aspects of Florentine artist Michelangelo Buonarroti’s (1475-1564) long and vibrant career by focusing on his techniques, patrons, innovative style, unparalleled influence and fame, and primary sources that document them. Sculptor, painter, draftsman, architect, poet, engineer, politician, and exile, Michelangelo mastered multiple roles during his career. Special emphasis is placed on interpreting primary sources to understand Michelangelo’s life and works in their original contexts, and to analyze the powerful myth crafted around his persona. Students present reports, usually on site, on Michelangelo’s major artworks as well as his poetry and letters.
Registration restriction: Priority given to art history majors, then minors.
Course-related fee: A fee will be charged to cover the costs of a day trip to Carrara/Pietrasanta and an overnight trip to Rome, including special private visit to the Sistine Chapel, plus Florence site visits (2018–2019 fee = $450).
Departments: Art & Music Histories, History of Art