Call for Papers

Daniele da Volterra, Michelangelo Buonarroti, ca. 1544, oil on wood; 34 3/4 x 25 1/4 in. (88.3 x 64.1 cm), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Clarence Dillon, 1977.

Call for Papers

Renaissance Society of America, Dublin, March 30-April 2, 2022

Deadline: August 2, 2021

Michelangelo and Artistic Media: Multiplicity or Unity?

Session organized by Angeliki Pollali (Deree-The American College of Greece) and Berthold Hub (University of Vienna)

In Vasari’s Vite, Michelangelo is the only artist credited with the attributes of all three arti: Michelagnolo Buonarotti, pittore, scultore, et architetto. While Vasari presents the different artistic media as distinct, they were closely interrelated in the sixteenth century. Modern scholarship has treated the different media in Michelangelo’s work extensively, albeit separately, focusing initially on painting and sculpture, and subsequently on architecture. The intersection of the different arti has comparatively received less attention. Relative scholarship has focused primarily on specific projects, which inherently combine different media, such as the New Sacristy in San Lorenzo. In some cases, drawing has been examined as an integral part of Michelangelo’s practice. It has been suggested, for instance, that figurative drawing constitutes the basis of the artist’s conception of architecture in terms of disegno.

This session intends to build on this discussion and to shift the focus to the interrelation of the different media/practices in Michelangelo’s work. It invites explorations of new intersections of media or a re-examination of existing ones. Contributions on architecture (conceived and/or materialized) are particularly welcome. Given that our modern art historical specializations reflect the compartmentalization of the artistic media, we propose to examine the characteristics that bring unity to Michelangelo’s work. The crossovers in the different arti/media can shed new light on the artist as well as sixteenth century practice.

Please submit the following to Angeliki Pollali (apollali@acg.edu) and Berthold Hub (berthold.hub@univie.ac.at) by August 2, 2021:

– full name, current affiliation, and email address
– paper title (15-word maximum)
– abstract (150-word maximum)
– CV (2 page maximum)
– PhD or other terminal degree completion date (past or expected)
– primary discipline (list of RSA disciplines for 2021-22)

Note that presenters will have to be active RSA members.


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