Humanism and michelangelo



What animated Renaissance Humanism? How does the ancient pagan world continue to play a role? Can beauty lead the soul to God? These conversations were designed in preparation for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibit in the fall.

Alessandra Di Croce from the Department of Art History at Columbia University contributed to the discussions.


The various sessions and texts we looked at include:

  •  What it Renaissance Humanism?

Pico della Mirandola, Oration on the Dignity of Man

  • Poetry and Aesthetics 

Michelangelo, selected poems

  • Michelangelo's Retrieval of Pagan Antiquity

Presentation by Dr. Di Croce