Gallery Of Art Expert To Speak On Michelangelo’s Architectural
March 31, 2003--
Caroline Elam, Andrew W. Mellon Professor, Center for Advanced Study
of the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Lecture — “Composing Tuscanism: Florentine Reactions
to Michelangelo’s Architectural Language”
Wednesday, April 9, 6 p.m.
Campbell Hall, Room 160
Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet Michelangelo is most
widely known for his influence on Renaissance artists and the development
of Western art. His architecture also took the Renaissance in new
directions, and his influence was felt not only in Italy, but all
over the Western world.
Elam, an expert on Renaissance art, architecture and urbanism from
the National Gallery of Art in Washington, will speak about Michelangelo’s
Florentine buildings. She is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the
gallery’s Center for Advanced Study of the Visual Arts.
her talk, “Composing Tuscanism: Florentine Reactions to Michelangelo’s
Architectural Language,” Elam, will discuss the interiors
of the New Sacristy and the Laurentian Library at the Medici church
of San Lorenzo. These buildings represent a new direction in Renaissance
architecture and had enormous influence in Italy and the Western
World. At a time when the language of classical architecture was
being systematically organized into a series of rules, Michelangelo
ignored those rules in favor of sculptural expression and visual
will discuss the effect of Michelangelo’s architecture in
forging a new Florentine or Tuscan cultural identity under the rule
of the Medici dukes. As the greatest living artist, Michelangelo’s
rule-breaking and architectural license were discussed in a climate
where debate about architecture was unusually fervent and sophisticated.
details, contact Maurie McInnis at McInnis@virginia.edu or (434)
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298