Spotlight on Michelangelo with Christina Mifsud

Spotlight on Michelangelo with Christina Mifsud


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Our spotlight on this virtuoso craftsman starts with his earliest formation in 15th century Florence. Fiorenza, as it was called then, was a city teeming with a newfound wealthy class of merchants and bankers ready to invest their money in beautifying every facet of their private and public lives. This opportunity met the talent of the young Michelangelo who came from “la cultura delle botteghe” - the workshop culture -  where he was not only able to learn how to paint in “buon fresco” but also there to witness the inner workings of the business of creating art. 

This biographical lecture highlights the early years of the great master of Renaissance art and architecture, Michelangelo Buonarroti. From his birth in a small hill town in Tuscany to his first mentors, we will trace the events and people who influenced and encouraged this young prodigy who would one day go on to create the finest masterpieces in western art for nine Popes over the course of six decades. 

In his teenage years, Michelangelo was scouted out for his incredible artistry in sculpting marble working directly for Lorenzo de’ Medici known as “Il Magnifico” - the Magnificent - one of the greatest patrons of the arts and humanities which defined the Florentine Renaissance. The lecture, concentrating on his early years, outlines Michelangelo’s life and works up to his appointment at the Papal Court where he will create what is considered the greatest contribution to pictorial history: the frescoed ceiling of the Pope’s Chapel. 

Led by Art Historian Christina Mifsud, an expert in the Florentine Renaissance, this interactive seminar explores the context in which Michelangelo created his early masterpieces and, in particular, how his talent met with opportunity. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased awareness of the relationship of the artist and patron in 15thC Florence and encourage reflection on such themes in the art world today. 

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Christina Mifsud is an adjunct Professor of Art History at Loyola University of Chicago’s John Felice Rome Center and an authorized tour guide for Italy and Vatican City. Christina holds a B.A. in Art History from Santa Clara University where she studied near her native city of San Francisco and later made her home in Florence, Italy where she completed an M.A. in Italian Renaissance Studies with Syracuse University in 1995. Mifsud is an expert storyteller who weaves anecdotes and events into a relatable account of the past while placing masterpieces of art and architecture in context.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Kris Shapar (Fellbach, DE)
Great presentation of the context surrounding Michelangelo

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Mary Ann (Reno, US)
Brining Michelangelo to life

Christina did it again! She is able to bring the history of a Renaissance artist to life in the 21st century. Christina weaves a beautiful story of Michelangelo, his personal struggles and triumphs and training that allow him to create the master pieces that we associate with him. She puts it all out there, ties it up in a big red bow and hands it to you as a present full of excitement to discover more about Michelangelo or one of the many Renaissance artists she studies. I can't wait to take another class with Christina, next time I hope its when I return to Florence!

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Laurine M Krakora (Chicago, US)
Excellent lecture

Christina is the most informative and enthusiastic art historian I have ever had the pleasure to experience! She is a welcome addition to your staff.

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kathy d (Sebastopol, US)
Spotlight of Michelangelo

Fabulous lecture. Thank you Christina for bringing Florence to life with your historical timeline and how Michelangelo was influenced by the people and happenings Florence. One of my favorite lectures.

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Debbie Dardick (New York, US)
Excellent

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Based on 7 reviews
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Kris Shapar (Fellbach, DE)
Great presentation of the context surrounding Michelangelo

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Mary Ann (Reno, US)
Brining Michelangelo to life

Christina did it again! She is able to bring the history of a Renaissance artist to life in the 21st century. Christina weaves a beautiful story of Michelangelo, his personal struggles and triumphs and training that allow him to create the master pieces that we associate with him. She puts it all out there, ties it up in a big red bow and hands it to you as a present full of excitement to discover more about Michelangelo or one of the many Renaissance artists she studies. I can't wait to take another class with Christina, next time I hope its when I return to Florence!

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Laurine M Krakora (Chicago, US)
Excellent lecture

Christina is the most informative and enthusiastic art historian I have ever had the pleasure to experience! She is a welcome addition to your staff.

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kathy d (Sebastopol, US)
Spotlight of Michelangelo

Fabulous lecture. Thank you Christina for bringing Florence to life with your historical timeline and how Michelangelo was influenced by the people and happenings Florence. One of my favorite lectures.

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Debbie Dardick (New York, US)
Excellent

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