Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel… 507 Years

April 9 • 6:00p • FIA Theater • Free Admission

Guest Lecturer: Dr. William E. Wallace 

If any work of art exemplifies artistic genius, it is this well-known 507-year-old masterpiece. No matter how familiar the work, no matter the trials of that crowded space, few visitors have not felt awe standing under this titanic achievement. Like a handful of timeless monuments­—the pyramids, the Taj Mahal, and the Great Wall of China among them—the Sistine Chapel never fails to astonish us. 

In many ways, the ceiling is a compendium: of Michelangelo’s art, of the Renaissance, of Christian theology. Like Verdi’s Requiem or Milton’s Paradise Lost, the ceiling is a transcendent work of genius that is never exhausted through looking or describing. In the words of the great German writer Johann Goethe, “Until you have seen the Sistine Chapel, you can have no adequate conception of what man is capable of accomplishing.” Professor Wallace, a world authority on Michelangelo, will illuminate this masterpiece and help you see it with fresh eyes.

The Sheppy Dog Fund Lecture has been established to address the topics of art, religion, and history prior to the 19th century, and is funded by The Sheppy Dog Fund, Dr. Alan Klein, Advisor.

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