Virtual Event: William Wallace at Somerset County LibraryMichelangelo, God's Architect


Author of: “Michelangelo, God’s Architect: The Story of His Final Years and Greatest Masterpiece”


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At age 71, Michelangelo Buonarroti, carver of the Pietà, David, Moses, and painter of the Sistine Chapel, was suddenly busier than ever. In 1546, Pope Paul III handed Michelangelo control of the beleaguered St. Peter’s project - a  study in architectural mismanagement, plagued by flawed design and faulty engineering.

Assessing the situation with his uncompromising eye and razor-sharp intellect, Michelangelo overcame the furious resistance of Church officials to persuade the Pope that it was time to start over. For the remaining 18 years of his life, Michelangelo devoted himself to constructing the largest building in the world, and the artist’s greatest masterpiece.

This is the story of a person who never retired, yet gained strength and vitality by devoting himself to his most important creation.

Presented by: William E. Wallace, who received his Ph.D. in Art History from Columbia University in New York in 1983, and is currently Professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology.

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