Giuliano da Sangallo, Michelangelo, and the Anti-Canon

Thursday, December 8, 2022, 10:00 am10:50 am



Event Description

The University community is invited to attend the last class of Art 233 Renaissance Art and Architecture to hear guest speaker Prof. Cammy Brothers present Giuliano da Sangallo, Michelangelo, and the Anti-Canon.


Much of the history of fifteenth and sixteenth century Italian architecture has been narrated in relation to the idea of canon formation. The protagonists of this narrative, Brunelleschi, Bramante, Antonio da Sangallo, Serlio and Palladio, are all seen as having made advances in the direction of establishing the true and correct formation of the classical orders. Later developments in classical architecture only further cemented this tradition. Despite the dominance of this interpretation, it omits the contribution of a number of prominent and important Renaissance and later architects, including but not limited to Giuliano da Sangallo, Baldassare Peruzzi, Raphael, Michelangelo, Giulio Romano, and later Borromini. My talk will define this alternative tradition, particularly through the figures of Michelangelo and Giuliano, and argue that it constitutes an anti-canonical canon. 

Department of Art & Archaeology
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