Title

The Sacred and Profane in the Work of Michelangelo: His Ultimate Defeat and Greatest Reprisal

Presenting Author Name/s

Kayla Everett

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Anne Muraoka

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Disciplines

Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture

Description/Abstract

Michelangelo Buonarroti was an Italian sculptor and painter that consistently posed both sacred and profane themes within his work. These conflicting themes led to the early failure of Bacchus. Although scholars have acknowledged that this plagued Michelangelo throughout his life, they do not explain how this manifested visually into his art. This paper argues that Michelangelo painted The Drunkenness of Noah in the Sistine Chapel as a response to this loss. Michelangelo was both angry and ashamed over his Bacchus, which is expressed in the fresco through the examination of the artist’s mental state, education, and the story of Noah.

Session Title

Art History 2

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library Conference Room 1306

Start Date

2-2-2019 10:15 AM

End Date

2-2-2019 11:15 AM

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The Sacred and Profane in the Work of Michelangelo: His Ultimate Defeat and Greatest Reprisal

Learning Commons @ Perry Library Conference Room 1306

Michelangelo Buonarroti was an Italian sculptor and painter that consistently posed both sacred and profane themes within his work. These conflicting themes led to the early failure of Bacchus. Although scholars have acknowledged that this plagued Michelangelo throughout his life, they do not explain how this manifested visually into his art. This paper argues that Michelangelo painted The Drunkenness of Noah in the Sistine Chapel as a response to this loss. Michelangelo was both angry and ashamed over his Bacchus, which is expressed in the fresco through the examination of the artist’s mental state, education, and the story of Noah.