Barbara Stehlé, art historian
Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564) was one of the greatest artistic forces of the Renaissance. Few in his time, and few since, have matched his command of multiple artistic forms. Michelangelo was a poet, a painter, a sculptor, and an architect. In all these forms, Michelangelo's search for a powerful expression was accompanied by his relentless commitment to excellence combined with his admiration of the antique and his rule-breaking instinct.
Very early on, Michelangelo showed an extraordinary mastery of designo. His formal gift and his perceptive nature gave him an uncanny ability for creating art that impressed and moved all. At 25 years old, the artist dominated the Italian scene along with Leonardo Da Vinci, 20 years his elder. At 89 years old, he passed away, bearing the title of "father and master of all the arts." The unique gathering of works by the artist in the exhibition Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer will allow us to explore the virtuosity of Michelangelo's multifaceted practice established between two key cities of the Renaissance: Florence and Rome.
This three-part series is led by Dr. Barbara Stehlé, Rhode Island School of Design professor and frequent Met lecturer. Each class begins before the Museum opens to the public, giving Members and Patrons the rare opportunity to view paintings and gallery spaces without the crowds. Discussion and light refreshments follow in the Patrons Lounge.