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Online Class: Michelangelo in Focus

Online / Art in Context

Fridays, September 3 – September 30, 10am – 12:10pm


Michelangelo Buonarroti. Studies for the Libyan Sibyl (detail), 1510–11. Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1924. The Metropolitan Museum, 24.197.2

$220; members $198
(4 classes; no class on Sept. 16)

All classes in Eastern time. We encourage you to watch live, but classes can be streamed once the live session ends. See our FAQ.

About the Class

Delve into the superlative art and prickly personality of Michelangelo. While best known for his heroic David statue (Accademia Gallery, Florence, Italy), Michelangelo produced many other works of sculpture, painting, drawing, architecture, and poetry. This course explores his creative process and masterworks, including the Sistine Chapel ceiling and St. Peter’s Basilica, which reveal his changing artistic goals. Join us as we uncover the myths and realities of this artistic giant.

Each week, the 90-minute lecture is followed by a 30-minute discussion session that allows students the opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas with the instructor and classmates.


Michelangelo Buonarroti. Studies for the Libyan Sibyl, 1510–11


Julia L. Valiela

Valiela holds a PhD in the art and architecture of early modern Europe from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. She teaches art history at universities in the Philadelphia area and specializes in the painting and sculpture of Renaissance Italy, with a particular interest in issues of gender and patronage. Her curatorial work includes research and exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Frick Collection.

Art in Context

Art in Context courses connect works of art to history: What was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time a piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?