This seminar introduces students to the life, works and thought of the Florentine artist Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564). 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. Course includes a day trip to Carrara/Pietrasanta and an overnight trip to Rome, with special private visits to the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Gardens.
Registration restriction: Priority given to art history majors, then minors.
Course-related fee: A fee will be billed from Syracuse to cover the costs of required travel and Florence site visits (2017–2018 fee = $425).
Departments: Art & Music Histories, History of Art