In early 1876, Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), frustrated with his work and needing inspiration, made a pilgrimage to Italy to study ancient sculpture and the Renaissance masters. Visiting Florence, he was particularly struck by works of Michelangelo (1475-1564).
In a letter home, Rodin explained “I have been studying Michelangelo and I believe that the great magician is letting me in on some of his secrets.” The “secret” was that the Italian depicted natural human attitudes rather than artificial poses—this revelation freed Rodin from the constraints of French tradition.
This class will explore Rodin and Michelangelo, two pivotal artists whose work changed sculpture for successive generations. We will discuss their work, focusing on projects that have similar thinking or methods, as well as the personas they created and cultivated, and their relationships with patrons. The class will combine lectures and discussion.
Rosie May holds a PhD in Art History from Temple University. She has lectured and taught widely and spent several years working as a guide leading people through museums in Rome, Philadelphia, New York City, and Chicago. She is currently the Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Oklahoma City Museum.
No required materials or first reading.
Cost and Registration
Two sessions, $137 ($124 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.
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