Picked By: RB

Why: On November 1, 1512, the Sistine Chapel was unveiled to the public for the first time. Sunday at 12:30 p.m., author and scholar John T. Spike discusses young Michelangelo’s path to that monumental moment. (At 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. on Monday, Spike also lectures on Michelangelo’s use of anatomy.)

From the National Gallery of Art website:

Sunday October 31st, 12:30-1:30pm

National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium
4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC

Michelangelo: In the Beginning

John T. Spike, faculty of the masters in sacred architecture, arts, and liturgy organized by the European University of Rome and the Pontifical Athenaeum, “Regina Apostolorum”

Book signing of “Young Michelangelo: The Path to the Sistine” follows.

All lectures are presented free of charge with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Truly in a class of its own, Young Michelangelo is the most definitive and eye-opening study of the artist’s early life to come along in a generation. In this compelling account, renowned art historian John Spike paints a vivid portrait of one of the world’s greatest artists and the places and people—Lorenzo de’ Medici, Leonardo, Machiavelli—that inspired and defined his early life and career. Spike’s masterful text probes the thinking, evolution, and desires of a young man whose awareness of his exceptional talent never wavered. Michelangelo’s complex personality is revealed through lively examinations of the Pietà, the David, and all other major works. Drawing on a rich background of Italian Renaissance politics and culture, Spike deftly navigates the fiery Florentine master’s struggle to surpass da Vinci’s artistic mastery, and his troubled relationships with Julius II and other key figures of the era.

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