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National Gallery Of Art Expert To Speak On Michelangelo’s Architectural Influences

March 31, 2003--

WHO: Caroline Elam, Andrew W. Mellon Professor, Center for Advanced Study of the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington

WHAT: Lecture — “Composing Tuscanism: Florentine Reactions to Michelangelo’s Architectural Language”

WHEN: Wednesday, April 9, 6 p.m.

WHERE: Campbell Hall, Room 160

The 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.

Caroline 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.

In 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 effect.

Elam 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.

For details, contact Maurie McInnis at McInnis@virginia.edu or (434) 243-8651

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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