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From Adam to David: GCU’s Friday Dinner Series Offers Lecture on Michelangelo

Lakewood, N.J., Aug. 31, 2011—On Friday, September 23, join Lisa Festa, Ph.D., GCU associate professor of art history, as she presents a multimedia lecture about famed Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo (1475–1564). Enjoy traditional music paired with a multicourse Italian dinner, followed by Dr. Festa’s lecture. This event will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the North Dining Room on the Lakewood campus.

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni was a sculptor, painter, architect, and poet who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. He was one of the founders of the High Renaissance and, in his later years, one of the principal exponents of mannerism. Michelangelo’s output in every field during his long life was prodigious; when the sheer volume of correspondence, sketches, and reminiscences that survive is taken into account, he is the best-documented artist of the 16th century.

Two of his best-known works are sculptures he created before the age of 30: the Pietà (1498–1499) and David (1501–1504). The Pietà, which depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion, balances the Renaissance ideals of classical beauty with naturalism. David, a standing male nude of the Biblical hero David, was placed in a public square outside the Palazzo della Signoria, the seat of civic government in Florence, where it came to represent the defense of civil liberties. It stood there until 1873, when it was moved to a museum for protection.

Michelangelo also created two of the most influential works in fresco in the history of Western art: the scenes from Genesis on the ceiling and The Last Judgment on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. He was appointed architect of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, and helped design its dome, one of his last major works before dying in 1564 at the age of 88. Like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo’s versatile talents led him to be considered as a prototypical Renaissance man.

Tickets are $37 per person, which includes dinner and the lecture. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting the GCU Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or specialevents@georgian.edu. Tickets are selling quickly; call early to reserve your spot!

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves nearly 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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