Full course description
From his earliest beginnings in Florence, to papal artist and architect in Rome, to draughtsman and writer of beautiful sonnets, Michelangelo remains one of the most dynamic, fascinating, and exciting artists in history. His art has captivated audiences over 500 years, from the specialist to the passer-by. His extraordinarily long career covers a most interesting time in the history of Western culture, from the Renaissance to the Reformation and the Catholic Counter-Reformation. From an artistic point of view, Michelangelo straddles the later years of the Early Renaissance, seeing the transition into the High Renaissance and Mannerism, the latter two of which he largely helped to form. Michelangelo is remembered as mastering the arts of sculpture, painting, and architecture, and his inventions in each medium are still today considered some of the finest examples in existence. Achieving unparalleled fame in his own lifetime, he was the subject of two biographies which provide a fascinating portrait of a troubled genius. This course will examine the major periods of Michelangelo’s life and his most loved works. In doing so, we will study the culture which surrounded him, examining humanism, church reform, political intrigue, philosophical arguments and literature of the 15 and 16 centuries.
Classes will be run on Tuesdays 10.30am-12.30pm for ten weeks from 30th of January to 2nd of April 2024 in the Central Library, Grand Parade Cork.
Dr Matthew Whyte is an Art Historian specialising in the art and culture of Italy from the late medieval period to the Renaissance. He earned his PhD in History of Art from University College Cork. His current research focuses on questions of religious reform in fifteenth-century Italy, with an emphasis on visual culture and artistic anachronisms. He lectures across the undergraduate degree programme in the Department of History of Art, UCC, and is Coordinator of the Diploma in European Art History with Adult Continuing Education (ACE) at UCC. He frequently leads tours around cultural sites across Italy, and he serves as Historian and Lecturer with Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old at course commencement.
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