“Drawing a Life of Michelangelo” with William Wallace on November 5

Studies-for-the-head-of-Leda-small (1) William E. Wallace, internationally renowned expert on Michelangelo Buonarroti, will deliver the Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Lecture in Art History entitled “Drawing a Life of Michelangelo” on Thursday, November 5, at 4:10 pm in Cohen Memorial Hall, room  203.  A reception will follow in the Cohen atrium.

Wallace, who is the Barbara Murphy Bryant Distinguished Professor of Art History and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, will speak on the Michelangelo drawings from the Casa Buonarroti in Florence that will be on view at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, beginning October 30.  By placing the drawings in their historical and personal contexts, Wallace will elucidate the many facets of Michelangelo’s prodigious activity as a sculptor, painter, architect, and engineer.

Wallace received his Ph.D. in Art History from Columbia University in New York in 1983.  He teaches Renaissance art and architecture from 1300-1700, and is an internationally recognized authority on Michelangelo and his contemporaries.  In addition to more than 90 essays, chapters and articles (as well as two works of fiction), he is the author and editor of seven different books on Michelangelo, including Michelangelo at San Lorenzo: the Genius as Entrepreneur (Cambridge, 1994); Michelangelo: Selected Scholarship in English (Garland, 1996), Michelangelo: The Complete Sculpture, Painting, and Architecture (Hugh Lauter Levin, 1998), and Michelangelo: Selected Readings (Garland, 1999).  His biography, Michelangelo: The Artist, the Man and his Times appeared with Cambridge University Press in 2010, and was issued in paperback in 2011.

Most recently, he has published Discovering Michelangelo: The Art Lover’s Guide to Understanding Michelangelo’s Masterpieces with Rizzoli International Publications in 2012.  He has held fellowships and distinguished visiting professorships at Villa I Tatti, Harvard University’s Center for Renaissance Studies in Florence, the American Academy in Rome, Williams College in Williamstown, MA, and the University of Miami in Miami, FL.

Sponsored by the Department of History of Art, the Goldberg Lecture is free and open to the public.  Parking is available in Lot 95 outside Cohen Hall, off 21st Avenue South on the Peabody campus and across from Medical Center East.  For more information, call the department at 615.322.2831.

Michelangelo Buonarroti. Study for the Head of Leda, ca. 1529. Red chalk. 354 x 269 mm. Casa Buonarroti, Florence, inv. 7F

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