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Michelangelo and the Medici



Michelangelo and the Medici

“Michelangelo Buonarroti” and “the Medici” are usually the first two names that come to mind when we recall the heroic figures of the Italian Renaissance—Michelangelo as a supremely gifted sculptor, painter, architect and poet, the Medici as an inspired family of patrons and collectors. They were all Florentines, to be sure. But in real terms, were they friends or enemies, allies or antagonists—or all of these at once? Michelangelo created some of his most memorable works for the Medici (including the Medici tombs and the Laurentian Library in Florence). But he often served their enemies as well, in the course of his long and tumultuous career. By tracking the defining moments in Michelangelo’s life and analyzing his key artistic achievements, we can construct a vivid—if sometimes disturbing—picture of this remarkable man and the extraordinary age in which he lived. Speaker bio: Edward Goldberg is an art historian, an archival sleuth and a long-time resident of Florence. Over the years, he attained a PhD at Oxford, taught at Harvard, founded the Medici Archive Project (MAP) and published numerous books and articles in areas ranging from Medici art collecting and patronage, to cultural relations between Italy and Spain, to Florentine Jewish history and culture. He has made many exciting archival discoveries along the way, including two hundred letters from Benedetto Blanis, a Jew in the Florentine Ghetto in the early seventeenth century, and—most recently—L’Ebreo (The Jew), an unpublished five act comedy from 1613 by Michelangelo Buonarroti the Younger. In 2012, Goldberg won the International Flaiano Prize for Italian Culture for his book, Jews and Magic in Medici Florence: The Secret World of Benedetto Blanis. Currently, he is in residence at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University. Please register here for this event.


Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Entrance : Free