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Michelangelo and Mattia Preti: Italian Masters at the Head of the Class

Friday, Sep 13, 2013
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Presented by John T. Spike, PhD, assistant director & chief curator, Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary

Noted art historian and critic John T. Spike returns to the MFAH to speak about two artists who are fascinating counterpoints of Renaissance wisdom versus Baroque bravura. Hear an expert's view of the heavyweight competition between Michelangelo (1475–1564), all-time champion of disegno (drawing); and Mattia Preti (1613–1699), courageous contender for colore (color).

This illustrated lecture is inspired by two exhibitions that Spike organized in honor of the 2013 Year of Italian Culture, which opened at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary: Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane offers a rare insight into the master's mind as revealed in a selection of Michelangelo's world-renowned drawings; and A Brush with Passion: Mattia Preti (16131699) is a spectacular display of 15 large canvases—including one from the MFAH collection and one from the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation collection—by this master painter in the style of Caravaggio.

A reception follows. Questions about the content of this lecture? E-mail

$5 MFAH Members
$8 Nonmembers + Museum admission

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Education programs receive generous funding from the Kinder Foundation; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; ExxonMobil; the Favrot Fund; Michael C. Linn in memory of his mother Patricia G. Linn; the National Museum of Korea; Mrs. Evelyn Houstoun Chew; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Susanne M. and Melbern G. Glasscock; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; The Americana Foundation; The Boeing Company; An Anonymous Donor; Mr. William J. Hill; Cameron International Corporation; Houston Junior Woman’s Club; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; and The Susan Vaughan Foundation.