ONLINE ART HISTORY COURSE
“The Divine Michelangelo: His Life and His Works”

12 ONLINE RECORDED ART HISTORY LECTURES

Instructor: Dr. Rocky Ruggiero
Lecture Hours: 15 Hours
Credits: Certificate of Completion

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ONLINE ART HISTORY COURSE
The Divine Michelangelo: His Life and His Works

Course Description:
Michelangelo Buonarroti’s artistic career spanned more than seven decades, during which he produced some of the most extraordinary works of art in history. Dividing his time between his native city of Florence and his adopted city of Rome, the “Divine Michelangelo,” as he was known, was the first true master of the major artistic disciplines of sculpture, painting, and architecture. This course will examine his epic life using milestone works of art and architecture to illustrate the chapters of his artistic biography.

Course Objectives:
• To learn to appreciate the rich and influential aspects of Italian Renaissance art and architecture.
• To bring a historical personality to life through a careful and attentive analysis of his artistic career
• To develop the fundamental skills of art historical analysis that include formal analysis and iconographic interpretation
• To develop an ability to interact in a personal and intimate manner with works of art and their surroundings

Virtual Classroom: Upon registration, participants will have full access to an online educational platform with videos of recordings, syllabus, readings and discussion forum. Each lecture lasts 1 hour 15 minutes.

Credits: Certificate of Completion

Access: Students have lifetime and unlimited streaming access to the course content.

Supplemental Readings & Podcasts:
Readings and Podcasts are provided to students to enhance the course experience.

Lectures

THEME 1 – YOUNG MICHELANGELO

Michelangelo began his artistic career at the age of 13 in the workshop of the Florentine painter Domenico Ghirlandaio. After only a single year, his talents captured the attention of Lorenzo il Magnifico De’Medici who invited the young artist to join his sculpture school and also his household. After the death of Lorenzo, Michelangelo traveled to Rome to make a name for himself.

– LECTURE 1: THE EARLY DAYS: GHIRLANDAIO’S WORKSHOP AND THE MEDICI SCULPTURE GARDEN

– LECTURE 2: THE FIRST ROMAN SOJOURN: BACCHUS, PIETÀ

THEME 2 – EARLY STARDOM

When Michelangelo returned to Florence, he was already a celebrity. If the Pietà was Michelangelo’s first “number one hit”, few could have imagined that his next work of sculpture would overshadow it. In fact, the David would arguably overshadow every other sculpture in history! But almost as soon as he finished carving the giant statue, Michelangelo was asked to test his genius against Leonardo Da Vinci as each was asked to paint a giant battle mural in the great hall of Palazzo Vecchio.

– LECTURE 3: THE FLORENTINE REPUBLIC PART I: DAVID

– LECTURE 4: THE FLORENTINE REPUBLIC PART II: BATTLE AND DONI TONDO

THEME 3 – MICHELANGELO AND POPE JULIUS III

Michelangelo left for Rome again in 1506 to execute the “mother of all tombs” for Pope Julius II. Nearly 40ft. tall, the tomb would have contained some 40 over-life-sized statues. After ordering 100 tons of marble to be shipped to Rome, Pope Julius changed his mind and put Michelangelo to work on painting the nearly 10,000ft2 the Sistine Chapel ceiling, which would occupy the next 4 ½ years of his life.

– LECTURE 5: THE TRAGEDY OF THE TOMB

– LECTURE 6: SISTINE CHAPEL – PART I

THEME 4 – MICHELANGELO AND THE MEDICI POPES

After finishing the Sistine ceiling and finally making some progress on the tomb of the now deceased Pope Julius II, Michelangelo would again abandon the tomb to work for two of his childhood friends from the Medici household who had gone on to become Popes Leo X and Clement VII. Both Popes would employ Michelangelo on various projects in Florence such as the façade of San Lorenzo, the New Sacristy, and the Laurentian Library.

– LECTURE 7: SISTINE CHAPEL – PART II 

– LECTURE 8: THE MEDICI POPES IN FLORENCE – PART I

THEME 5 – MICHELANGELO AND THE MEDICI POPES

24 years after completing the ceiling, Michelangelo returned to the Sistine Chapel to paint its altar wall. His gigantic Last Judgement took five years to complete and scandalized Rome as many of its holy characters were depicted in the nude.

– LECTURE 9: THE NEW SACRISTY AND THE LAURENTIAN LIBRARY 

Divine Michelangelo

– LECTURE 10: THE LAST JUDGEMENT

THEME 6: RETURN TO THE SISTINE CHAPEL

Twenty-four years after completing the ceiling, Michelangelo returned to the Sistine Chapel to paint its altar wall. His gigantic Last Judgement took five years to complete and scandalized Rome as many of its holy characters

– LECTURE 11: BUILDING ST. PETER’S

– LECTURE 12: THE LATE PIETÀ’S STATUES