#19 Conversation with Gary Radke - Rome’s Two Michelangelos
Updated: May 23
Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) and Michelangelo Merisi (15??-1606? known today by the name of his hometown, Caravaggio)
May 15, 2021
Two of the most innovative, energetic, and influential artists in Renaissance Rome shared the same given name: Michelangelo. They never got to meet one another, but a close examination of their work reveals some surprisingly common artist themes, emotions, and self-fashioning that allow us to develop a deeper understanding of both artists and their work.
Gary M. Radke is Professor Emeritus of Art History at Syracuse University, where he directed the Florence Graduate Program in Renaissance Art and was named Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence.
Radke is one of the world’s leading experts on Italian medieval and Renaissance art. He curated major loan exhibitions throughout the United States on Italian Renaissance sculptors Lorenzo Ghiberti, Luca della Robbia, Andrea del Verrocchio, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci.
His widely distributed college textbook on Italian Renaissance art, co-authored with John Paoletti, appeared in four editions and in Spanish and Chinese translations.
Gary is past president of the Italian Art Society and a fellow of the American Academy in Rome. In retirement Professor Radke and his wife Nancy have settled into an historic home in Savannah, Georgia, where Gary is now a trustee of the Historic Savannah Foundation and chair of its Architectural Review Committee. He continues to write scholarly articles and enjoys lecturing in Italy for various cultural groups.
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