The Great Courses 

Thursdays at 11:00 AM

THE GENIUS OF MICHELANGELO
36 lectures, 18 weeks

Feb 16 through Jun 15
Prof. of Art History William E. Wallace, Washington University in St. Louis
Course Description:
A comprehensive perspective on one of history's greatest artists by internationally recognized Michelangelo expert and award-winning professor of Art History William E. Wallace.  These 36 rewarding and visually dazzling lectures present a thorough understanding of Michelangelo's life and work, informed by a broad consideration of the artist and his times, as well as the specific circumstances and contexts in which he crafted his art.


2/16
Lecture 1.  Who was Michelangelo?

Lecture 2.  Artist and aristocrat



2/23
Lecture 3.  An unconventional beginning

Lecture 4.  Michelangelo's youth and early training

3/2
Lecture 5.  Florence and Bologna in the early 1490s
Lecture 6.  First visit to Rome and early patrons

3/9
Lecture 7.  The Bachus and the Pieta
Lecture 8.  Return to Florence and the David

3/16
Lecture 9.  The David and St. Matthew
Lecture 10.  For the Republic - The Battle of Cascina

3/23
Lecture 11.  The Taddei Tondo and the Pitti Tondo
Lecture 12.  The Doni Tondo

3/30
Lecture 13.  Rome and the Tomb of Julius II
Lecture 14.  Bologna and the return to Rome

4/6
Lecture 15.  The Sistine Chapel
Lecture 16.  The Sistine Chapel, Part 2

4/13
Lecture 17.  The Sistine Chapel, Part 3
Lecture 18.  A story of marble

4/20
Lecture 19.  The Medici Chapel sculpture
Lecture 20.  The Medici Chapel sculpture, Part 2

4/27
Lecture 21.  The Medici Chapel sculpture, Part 3
Lecture 22.  The Laurentia Library

5/4
Lecture 23.  Florence, a republic under siege, 1527
Lecture 24.  Inventing a new aesthetic

5/11
Lecture 25.  Michelangelo's drawings, 1520-1540
Lecture 26.  The Last Judgement

5/18
Lecture 29.  The completion of the Julius Tomb
Lecture 30.  The Capitoline Hill projects; the Brutus

6/1
Lecture 31.  The new St. Peter's Basilica
Lecture 32.  Michelangelo's Roman architecture

6/8
Lecture 33.  Michelangelo's Roman architecture-2
Lecture 34.  Piety and Pity -- the Florentine Pieta

6/15
Lecture 35.  The Rondanini Pieta and the late poetry
Lecture 36.  Death of Michelangelo and legacy







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