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Dr. William Wallace, Expert on Michelangelo, Will Visit U of M Feb. 9
For release: Jan. 19, 2006
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How could a mere mortal create such works as the Pietà , the David, and the Sistine Chapel ceiling? Dr. William E. Wallace, an internationally recognized expert on Michelangelo, will offer a new view of the artist during a lecture Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Meeman Journalism Building Auditorium at the University of Memphis. The event is free and open to the public.

In "Michelangelo: The Hammer of God," Wallace will discuss the life and times of the great Renaissance artist, a deeply religious man who became a legend and remains a figure of mythic proportions. Not only a great sculptor, painter, architect, and poet, Michelangelo was also a wealthy aristocrat who preferred the company of common workers.

Wallace received his Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University in 1983. He joined the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis that same year as an assistant professor. Wallace now is the Barbara Murphy Bryant Distinguished Professor and chairman of the Department of Art History and Archaeology.

He has published extensively on Renaissance art, writing more than 60 articles and essays and four books, including Michelangelo: The Complete Sculpture, Painting and Architecture and Michelangelo at San Lorenzo: The Genius as Entrepreneur. Wallace was one of a select group of scholars, curators, and conservators invited to confer with the Vatican on the restoration of Michelangelo's frescos in the Sistine Chapel.

For more information, call the U of M Art Department at 901-678-2216.

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