Michelangelo from Popes to Pop: The Life and Afterlife of the First Global Art Star

Parsons School of Design: Art/Design Hist & Theory

Liberal Arts
Graduate Course
Degree Students
Michelangelo from Popes to Pop
Spring 2023
Taught By: Allan Doyle
Section: A

CRN: 13808

Credits: 3

This graduate seminar will retrace the life and afterlife of Michelangelo Buonarroti. In 1837 Eugène Delacroix named the Florentine sculptor, painter, architect, and poet, the “father of modern art.” Why? Declared “divine,” during his lifetime, Michelangelo has been celebrated as the pinnacle of artistic genius, or vilified as the very epitome of artistic excess, ever since. This course will trace his role in the formation of the cult of the modern artist in art, architecture, literature, and film. Beginning with the construction of Michelangelo’s persona by early biographers, we will ask why he came to embody the tension between the conflicting demands of artistic tradition and innovation like no other artist, and what this can tell us about art today. Each week we will closely investigate artworks in dialogue with primary sources in English translation. Secondary texts selected from the impressive literature on Michelangelo and his afterlife will be used to supplement primary materials.

Open to all university graduate degree students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory (PGHT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 5:24pm EST 2/6/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 9:55am - 11:45am
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 1200A
Date Range: 1/26/2023 - 5/11/2023