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Ferrari Humanities Symposia

March 26, 2018 - March 28, 2018

William Wallace
Washington University
Art History
Barbara Murphy Bryant Distinguished Professor

Once again Prof. William Wallace, a world renowned Michelangelo scholar, brings new insights to Michelangelo studies.  While most biographies end when the artist reached his 50s, Wallace's new research demonstrates that Michelangelo in his 70s and 80s not only transformed the practice of architecture, but reshaped the skyline of Rome, and ultimately built the largest and greatest church in Christendom, the new St. Peter’s Basilica.

Monday 26 March

10:00am-12:00pm     Graduate Studies in the Humanities: An Open Discussion, A Conversation with William Wallace (Robbins Library)

12:15-1:30pm       Lunch with select undergrad and grad students. (Humanities Center, Conference Room D)

1:30-3:00pm         A Conversation with Humanities Center Associates   (Humanities Center, Conference Room C)

 3:45-4:45pm        Book-signing (Friedlander Lobby, Rush Rhees Library)

 5:00-6:15pm       “Michelangelo, God’s Architect” (Hawkins-Carlson Room)

  • Keynote Address, William E. Wallace
  • Introduction, Professor Paul Duro, (Art and Art History, Program in Visual and Cultural Studies) 

6:15-6:45pm        Reception (Humanities Center Lounge)

Tuesday 27 March

10:00-Noon        Renaissance Vistas:  New Work in Early Modern Studies, Presentations, followed by Open Conversation (Hawkins-Carlson Room)

  • Francesca Borgo (Fellow, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles;  School of Art History, University of St. Andrews, Scotland) “Battles of the Eye”
  • Tamara Smithers (Department of Art and Design, Austin Peay State University) “Michelangelo’s Artistic Sainthood”  
  • Emily Fenichel (Department of Visual Arts and Art History, Florida Atlantic University)  “Reception, Replica, and Relic:  Michelangelo’s Pieta"      
  • William Wallace, Response

4:00-6:00pm           A MAG Conversazione with William Wallace and Jonathan Binstock: “Michelangelo:  Believe it or Not” An illustrated overview of works recently “discovered” or newly attributed to  the artist known as “Il Divino.” (Memorial Art Gallery)


Speaker bio:

William E. Wallace received his Ph.D. in Art History from Columbia University in New York in 1983 and is currently Professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology. He teaches Renaissance art and architecture 1300-1700, and is an internationally recognized authority on Michelangelo and his contemporaries. In addition to more than 90 essays, chapters and articles (as well as two works of fiction), he is the author and editor of seven different books on Michelangelo, including Michelangelo at San Lorenzo: the Genius as Entrepreneur (Cambridge, 1994); Michelangelo: Selected Scholarship in English (Garland, 1996), Michelangelo: The Complete Sculpture, Painting, and Architecture (Hugh Lauter Levin, 1998), and Michelangelo: Selected Readings (Garland, 1999). His biography, Michelangelo: The Artist, the Man and his Times appeared with Cambridge University Press in 2010, and issued in paperback in 2011.  Most recently, he has published Discovering Michelangelo: The Art Lover's Guide to Understanding Michelangelo's Masterpieces with Rizzoli International Publications in 2012.

In 1990-91 he was a fellow at Villa I Tatti, Harvard University's Center for Renaissance Studies in Florence; in 1996-97 he was at the American Academy in Rome, and in Spring 1999 he was the Robert Sterling Clark Distinguished Visiting Professor at Williams College in Williamstown, MA.

Professor Wallace was on sabbatical leave for the calendar year of 2014, during which time he was a  Senior Visiting Professorat Villa I Tatti in Florence. In April 2013, Professor Wallace was the Henry King Stanford Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at the University of Miami.  He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Champaign-Urbana (May 2013), and an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Dickinson College (May 2015). 

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