Spring 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Michelangelo and the Art of Renaissance Sculpture
He is the most stubbornly modern of Renaissance artists, the sour genius who preferred to work on his own and who battled openly with his patrons, the one who expressed in his art (and poetry) a transcendent yet complex beauty that he recognized he himself did not possess. He often called himself a sculptor, yet he practiced painting and architecture brilliantly as well, and his drawings that survive are hugely important to understanding his ideas. This class will focus on his life and times during the Renaissance, placing him in the context of how art was made in the Renaissance, the religious powers that commissioned his work, and the politics that formed the backdrop against which he worked. We will focus particularly on his sculpture: his first medium, and the one with the greatest number of surviving works.
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