Artist Michelangelo to be focus of Art History’s Goldberg Lecture

Michelangelo Buonarroti. "Study for the Head of Leda," ca. 1529

William E. Wallace, a renowned expert on Renaissance artist Michelangelo, will deliver the Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Lecture in Art History Nov. 5 at Vanderbilt University’s Cohen Memorial Hall.

Wallace’s talk, “Drawing a Life of Michelangelo,” will begin at 4:10 p.m. in Room 203. A reception will follow in the Cohen atrium.

Wallace, who is the Barbara Murphy Bryant Distinguished Professor of Art History at Washington University, will discuss the Michelangelo drawings from the Casa Buonarroti in Florence, Italy, that will be on display at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts beginning Oct. 30. By placing the drawings in their historical and personal contexts, Wallace will elucidate the many facets of Michelangelo’s prodigious activity as a sculptor, painter, architect and engineer.

Wallace received his doctorate in art history from Columbia University in 1983. An internationally recognized authority on Michelangelo and his contemporaries, Wallace teaches Renaissance art and architecture. In addition to more than 90 essays, chapters and articles and two works of fiction, he is the author and editor of seven different books on Michelangelo. These include Michelangelo: Selected Scholarship in English (Garland, 1996), Michelangelo: The Complete Sculpture, Painting, and Architecture (Hugh Lauter Levin, 1998), and Michelangelo: Selected Readings (Garland, 1999). Wallace also wrote the biography Michelangelo: The Artist, the Man and his Times (Cambridge, 2010) and Discovering Michelangelo: The Art Lover’s Guide to Understanding Michelangelo’s Masterpieces (Rizzoli International Publications, 2012).

Wallace has held fellowships and distinguished visiting professorships at Villa I Tatti, Harvard University’s Center for Renaissance Studies in Florence; the American Academy in Rome; Williams College; and the University of Miami.

Sponsored by the Department of History of Art in the College of Arts and Science, the Goldberg Lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available in Lot 95 by Cohen Hall. For more information, call (615) 322-2831.

Fay Renardson contributed to this story.