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Michelangelo: The Greatest Artist of all Timeand the Most Difficult

Michelangelo (1475-1564) began as a sculptor, producing at age 29 his “David,” the greatest sculpture of all time. With virtually no reputation as a painter, he spent four years painting the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Then he painted the Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel. These two gigantic works are the greatest paintings of all time. Pope Paul III put him in complete charge of rebuilding St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the greatest church of all time. Michelangelo, despite his giant talents, was also the most difficult artist of all time: constantly insulting other artists, squabbling with workmen, wrangling with popes, and leaving a trail of unfnished works. In other words, the model of the irascible genius artist. In this course, we will discuss what makes his sculpture, painting, and architecture great (or not). We’ll  focus on creative seeing and visual thinking, not art history. No prerequisites–except imagination.

Instructor Bio:

Don Fry keeps re-inventing himself. He failed to become a navy pilot (eyesight). He studied medieval English literature at Duke and Berkeley, and taught at the University of Virginia and Stony Brook University. In 1984, he moved to a second profession, teaching mid-career journalists as head of the writing and ethics faculties at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida. In 1994, Don became an independent writing coach, working with newspapers and magazines, radio and television stations, and nonprofits. He helps authors write better, editors edit better, and managers organize better. He has taught more than 10,000 authors to write clearer, faster, and easier. Don recently published his twenty-first book, Writing Your Way: Creating a Writing Process That Works for You. He writes novels about World War II and teaches OLLI courses in art–both for the sheer fun of it.

Recommended Reading:

King, Ross. Michelangelo & the Pope’s Ceiling, 2003. Any twenty-first-century books on Michelangelo with lots of pictures.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A17 Don Fry Feb 21, 28, Mar 7, 14 Tu 1:30-3:00 p.m. Unity of Charlottesville WL

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