Conférence: ““Donna bella e crudele”: Michelangelo’s Divine Heads in Light of the Rime”, Londres, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Wednesday 18 January 2017 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Speaker : Dr Lorenzo Pericolo: University of Warwick

Organised by : Dr Guido Rebecchini: The Courtauld Institute of Art


In his Vite, Giorgio Vasari mentions rare drawings executed by Michelangelo which he describes as “teste divine” (“divine heads”). In some of these drawings earmarked as gifts for the young men he loved, Michelangelo represented female heads of a disturbing beauty, endowed with hairdos and garments of the most convolute nature. In his talk, Pericolo will analyze the “lyrical” character of Michelangelo’s divine heads by clarifying their function and meaning in light of Michelangelo’s poetic production: his Rime.

Lorenzo Pericolo is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Warwick. He has published extensively on Renaissance and Baroque Art. In 2011, he published Caravaggio and Pictorial Narrative: Dislocating the Istoria in Early Modern Painting. He is working on the critical edition of Carlo Cesare Malvasia’s Life of Guido Reni.


Marie Piccoli-Wentzo

Marie Piccoli-Wentzo est docteure en Histoire de l'Art moderne. Elle a soutenu sa thèse sur l'image du désert dans l'Italie du XVe siècle à l'Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Ses recherches actuelles portent sur l'expérience esthétique du public de la fin de l'époque médiévale et de la Renaissance devant une œuvre.

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