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FZ-231633-15

Bette Talvacchia
University of Oklahoma, Norman (Norman, OK 73019-3003)

The Two Michelangelos

A comparative analysis of the major protagonists of Renaissance and Baroque art, Michelangelo Buonarroti and Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.

I propose to complete research for and write a book entitled The Two Michelangelos. The volume will offer targeted discussions, which can be thought of as case studies, exploring works by the major protagonists of Renaissance and Baroque art, Michelangelo Buonarroti and Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. My intent is first and foremost to give access to the meaning of the art itself, getting as close as possible to the original circumstances of the making and reception of the works. A particular focus will be on how each artist employed the human body as a conveyor of meaning. I will present the information conversationally, through a narrative that shares the approach of a good detective story, outlining questions and then looking for clues to solve mysteries. The individual cases explored will be carefully chosen so that they in turn become keys for unlocking larger historical problems, whose answers have enduring meaning for our own culture.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Gender Studies; Renaissance Studies

Program:
Public Scholar Program

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 9/30/2016