UCC ACE Short courses

Michelangelo Buonarroti: His Life, Art and Times NEW

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Michelangelo Buonarroti: His Life, Art and Times NEW

  • Code


  • College

    Adult Continuing Education

  • Duration

    Ten weeks, Mondays 10:30am-12:30pm, from 27 January to 30 March

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    Cert of Attendance

  • Fees

    €230 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Students must be minimum eighteen years at course commencement See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Friday 17 January 2020

  • Venue

    Crawford Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork 

  • Start Date

    Monday 27 January 2020

Course Outline

This course will examine the life, art, and times of Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564). From his earliest beginnings in Florence, to papal artist and architect in Rome, to draughtsman and writer of beautiful sonnets, Michelangelo remains one of the most dynamic, fascinating, and exciting artists in history. His art has captivated audiences over 500 years, from the specialist to the passer-by. His extraordinarily long career covers a most interesting time in the history of Western culture, from the Renaissance to the Reformation and the Catholic Counter-Reformation. From an artistic point of view, Michelangelo straddles the later years of the Early Renaissance, seeing the transition into the High Renaissance and Mannerism, the latter two of which he largely helped to form. Michelangelo is remembered as mastering the arts of sculpture, painting, and architecture, and his inventions in each medium are still today considered some of the finest examples in existence. Achieving unparalleled fame in his own lifetime, he was the subject of two biographies which provide a fascinating portrait of a troubled genius. This course will examine the major periods of Michelangelo’s life and his most loved works. In doing so, we will study the culture which surrounded him, examining humanism, church reform, political intrigue, philosophical arguments and literature of the 15th and 16th centuries.

Course Detail:

Week 1: Early years in Florence 1475-1490 

Week 2: The Medici Circle: Learning Sculpture in the Humanist garden of Lorenzo ‘il Magnico’ 1490-2 

Week 3: Turbulent times: From Florence to Bologna and back 1492-1496 

Week 4: The Eternal City: The first Roman excursion 1496-1500 

Week 5: Back to Florence: Civic Identity and the Carving of the David 1500-1504 

Week 6: Papal Artist: At work for Julius II – to Carrara, to Bologna, to Rome 1504-1508 

Week 7: The Sistine Chapel: Art, Oratory, and Papal Propaganda 1508-1512 

Week 8: Michelangelo Architect: Florence and San Lorenzo 1515-1534 

Week 9: Return to Vatican: Rome 1534-49 

Week 10: Final Years: Michelangelo and the Body of Christ: Drawing, Carving, Poetry


Course Practicalities

 This course will consist of 20 hours of teaching spread across 10 weeks. Each week will consist of lectures, with a short break in between.


Short courses are non-assessed

Who teaches on this course

Matthew Whyte is a PhD candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant with the Department of History of Art, specialising in the art and culture of the Italian Renaissance. He holds a Master’s degree in High Renaissance art, with a specialisation in the work of Michelangelo. With History of Art and the Centre for Adult Continuing Education he has delivered courses up to final year undergraduate level, participating in and leading academic field trips to Florence and Rome. He is also Coordinator of the Diploma in European Art History with CACE, and Art Historian/Lecturer for Zegrahm Expeditions.

Why Choose This Course

Michelangelo is a key personality in the history of Western culture. His long life encompassed an extraordinarily dynamic, tumultuous, and fascinating time for the development of the arts, the Church, philosophy, and politics, the artist himself playing a major role in each aspect of his culture. Not only will we gain a deep understanding of an infinitely interesting individual and his work, but we will also have an opportunity to discuss the cultural and societal events which surrounded Michelangelo’s career.

This course offers a thoroughly interdisciplinary approach to the life of a major artist. By taking Michelangelo as a Case Study, students will have the opportunity to study such issues as cultural exchange, artistic self-fashioning, the inter-relation between art and philosophy, art and poetry, art and politics. Because Michelangelo was such an adaptable individual, this course will appeal to those with an interest in sculpture, painting, and architecture, but also poetry, philosophy, politics, and psychology.


Fees and Costs

The fee for this course is €230.

How Do I Apply

The closing date for applications is Friday 17 January 2020. Fees are listed in each course description. Students register and pay fees before course commencement as follows:

1. Register and pay online by clicking the Apply Now button below. Course commencement is subject to sufficient enrolment. In the event of a course not commencing applicants will be informed and their fees will be returned.

2. Payment may also be made by credit or debit card, cheque, postal order or bank draft made payable to UCC and these should be returned together with a completed application form to Short Courses, Adult Continuing Education, The Laurels, Western Road. Application forms are available from the office or they may be downloaded from the link below.

3. Students may also hand in completed application forms to the office at ACE between 9:15am and 5pm each day prior to the closing date. We regret we are unable to accept cash.


Application Form Jan 2020

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