I'm loving using some of your 'talks' in my survey class this semester... Will you be attending CAA? Would love to chat.
Thanks Ann! Will drop you an email - would love to hear how you are using Smarthistory in teaching.
Am loving the second life! I am building an online AP Art History class and using Smarthistory and Voice Threads to take it off the page. Thanks for the great work!
The image is a reference to the Gospel of John--remember the church and the followers of the Christian faith would except the concept of the logos existing next to God before Creation (John:1). We cannot interpret the symbolism with the eyes of 20th/ 21st century secularism that has discarded the religion and theology. One must also remember the religious influences that have acted directly and indirectly on Michelangelo. Savonarola was a firery evangelist who preached in Florence while Michelangelo was there. His burning of the art and speeches against the humanism of the ancient Greeks left an impression on the young Michelangello that we see reflected in his late Pieta and the Last Judgement. And while he wins the discussion for the design of the ceiling he is also given a Cardinal to assist him theologically. If you review his notebooks he discusses these things in letters to his father.
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