Michelangelo in the New Millennium

Conversations about Artistic Practice, Patronage and Christianity


Michelangelo in the New Millennium presents six paired studies in dialogue with each other that offer new ways of looking at Michelangelo’s art as a series of social, creative, and emotional exchanges where artistic intention remains flexible; probe deeper into the artist’s formal borrowing and how it affects meaning regarding his early religious works; and consider the making and significance of his late papal painting projects commissioned by Paul III and Paul IV for chapels at the Vatican Palace.

Contributors are: William E. Wallace, Joost Keizer, Eric R. Hupe, Emily Fenichel, Jonathan Kline, Erin Sutherland Minter, Margaret Kuntz, Tamara Smithers and Marcia B. Hall

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Tamara Smithers, Ph.D. (2012), Temple University, is Associate Professor of Art History at Austin Peay State University. She has given numerous talks on Michelangelo and other Italian Renaissance topics at international conferences, universities, and museums and has recently published an essay on Michelangelo’s use of the Giant Order at the Campidoglio in Rome (2013)
Foreword: Why More Michelangelo?
William E. Wallace





Introduction: Michelangelo in the New Millennium
Tamara Smithers

Part 1: Artistic Mobility

Chapter 1: Site-Specificity
Joost Keizer

Chapter 2: Michelangelo’s Strozzi Tondo?: Securing Status with Art
Eric R. Hupe

Part 2: Syncretic Seers

Chapter 3: The Pitti Tondo: A “Sibylline” Madonna
Emily Fenichel

Chapter 4: Christ-Bearers and Seers of the Period Ante Legem: On the Male Nudes in Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo and Sistine Ceiling Frescoes
Jonathan Kline

Part 3: Papal Patronage: The Pauls

Chapter 5: Virtuous Prelates, Burdensome Relics and a Sliver of Gold in the Last Judgment
Erin Sutherland Minter

Chapter 6: Michelangelo the “Lefty”: The Cappella Paolina, the Expulsion Drawings, and Marcello Venusti
Margaret Kuntz

Coda: Michelangelo’s Suicidal Stone
Tamara Smithers

Epilogue: Twenty-first Century Versus Twentieth Century Methodologies
Marcia B. Hall

Students and scholars interested in Italian Renaissance Art History, specifically the art of Michelangelo and the context in he lived and worked.
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