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Rome in the years around 1500 saw a flourishing of the visual arts that represented the culmination of the Renaissance ideals of humanism and classical beauty, despite the corruption of the papal court. A succession of popes–as both political and spiritual rulers of Rome–and others patronized geniuses like Michelangelo and Raphael, as well as their rivals and followers. Lectures, readings, and class discussion will unfold this dazzling and complex artistic moment.
Jeffrey Nigro is a Research Associate in the Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium and an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Learning and Public Engagement at the Art Institute of Chicago.
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Peter Howard, “Painters and the Visual Art of Preaching: The “Exemplum” of the Fifteenth-Century Frescoes in the Sistine Chapel”