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Great Lives Lecture Series: Michelangelo

Great Lives Lecture Series: Michelangelo

The University of Mary Washington's 2013 Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series continues on Tuesday, April 23, with a lecture on Michelangelo by Michael William Wallace, author of Michelangelo The Artist, the Man and His Times:

Professor Wallace’s biography has been called “the most important re-assessment of Michelangelo in more than one hundred years. Not since Irving Stone’s novel The Agony and the Ecstasy has there been such a compelling and human portrayal of this remarkable yet credible human individual.”    An internationally recognized expert on Michelangelo, Wallace will speak about the challenges and excitement of writing a modern biography of the famous Renaissance artist.  He will present a substantially new view of the extraordinary man, who was not only a great sculptor, painter, architect, engineer, and poet but also an aristocrat who believed in the ancient and noble origins of his family.  Utilizing the words of Michelangelo and his contemporaries, the lecture will place the famous artist firmly in his times, among his workers, family, friends, popes and patrons.

Find out more about this lecture on the University of Mary Washington's web site.

All lectures in the university's Great Lives series are held at 7:30pm, in Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall, and are free and open to the public.

For more on this topic, check out these items from the library:

The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone (book and DVD)
A masterpiece in its own right, this novel offers a compelling portrait of Michelangelo's dangerous, impassioned loves, and the God-driven fury from which he wrested the greatest art the world has ever known.  (catalog summary)

Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St. Peter’s by R. A. Scotti (book and audiobook)
Absorbing story of the construction of the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome—the grandest architectural undertaking of the High Renaissance.  (Publishers Weekly)

The Life of Michel Angelo by Giorgio Vasari
A translation of Vasari’s second edition of 1568 “draws a picture of the man and the artist that has an immediacy and authority that are unsurpassed.”  (catalog summary)

Michelangelo by Michelangelo Buonarroti, text by Frederick Hart
A great scholar of Italian Renaissance art provides a fascinating account of Michelangelo’s titanic genius.  (

Michelangelo, Artist and Man (DVD)
A&E does a fine job covering the important aspects of an unfathomable subject.  (

Michelangelo: The Artist, the Man and His Times by William Wallace
This is the most important reassessment of Michelangelo in more than one hundred years.  (Montréal Review)

Michelangelo’s Mountain: The Quest for Perfection in the Marble Quarries of Carrara by Eric Scigliano
A lively blend of art history and travelogue covering the legacy of Carrara marble.  (Kirkus Reviews)

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