Lecture: Michelangelo's Sacred Bodies

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  • Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Founders Hall, Mission and Ministry Center

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Christian Kleinbub, Associate Professor, Chair of Graduate Studies
Department of the History of Art, Ohio State University

Christian Kleinbub studies the arts of the Italian Renaissance with particular focus on issues of image theory, naturalism, the body, and period conceptions of vision and the visionary. His first book, Vision and the Visionary in Raphael (winner of the 2013 Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities from the Council of Graduate Schools) considers the important ways in which an influential Renaissance artist attempted the reconciliation of contemporary imperatives of painting and the traditional functions of sacred images. His latest publication, Michelangelo's Inner Anatomies, explores the poetic, philosophical, and scientific dimensions of the artist's understanding of the internal organs, a crucial but neglected aspect of the master's work.

The exhibition Christ: Life, Death, and Resurrection will include over 40 original drawings and prints by Italian Renaissance artists — including Michelangelo, Fra Filippo Lippi and others — from the renowned collection of the British Museum. This exhibition represents the first time that many of these objects will be displayed in the U.S., and thus is a unique opportunity to study these rare and beautiful works.

Hugh Chapman, the Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, and a leading authority on Michelangelo’s drawings, curated the exhibit, together with his colleague Sarah Vowles. Michelangelo’s drawing entitled The Three Crosses, depicting Christ on the cross between two thieves, is one of the few large-scale, fully finished drawings by the Italian Renaissance painter and sculptor to survive to our present time. The drawing is joined by scenes of the Nativity, Crucifixion and Resurrection in a variety of masterpieces on paper — from woodcuts and etchings — to drawings in chalk and ink.

The presentation of this exhibition is a collaboration between the British Museum, the University of San Diego and the Timken Museum of Art, San Diego.

This event is open to the public

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