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Michelangelo's David: The Marble Marvel of the Renaissance

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Michelangelo's David: The Marble Marvel of the Renaissance

Afternoon Lecture/Seminar

Wednesday, January 17, 2024 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1H0796
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(Photo: Jörg Bittner Unna)

At the dawn of the 16th century, Michelangelo Buonarroti created a marble colossus that caused a sensation for the residents of his native Florence. Five centuries later, this work is more than a sculpture: it’s an icon of Western civilization that continues to spark artistic and cultural conversations. 

Art historian and author Laura Morelli unfolds the remarkable story of how an ambitious 20-something sculptor turned a discarded chunk of marble into a masterpiece, singlehandedly transforming Florence and the history of art. She examines how Michelangelo merged a biblical hero and an ancient god to create an image custom-made for the aspirations of the Italian Renaissance.

Morelli explores the cultural and artistic context that gave rise to this masterpiece, its influence on later generations, and its enduring importance in the history of the Western world.

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*

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*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.