Dickson Lecture Series Archive

"Rubens, Michelangelo and the Tortured Male Body"

Peter Paul Rubens’s indebtedness to the example of Michelangelo is widely acknowledged, but

scholars have rarely engaged how and to what ends Rubens emulated and appropriated the art of

the legendary Renaissance master. This lecture probes how in the 1610s Rubens engaged the art

of Michelangelo to forge an aesthetic of horror rooted in Neostoicism through repeated depiction

of torment and physical pain, especially of male figures.

"Preserving the Patrimony: Cultural Properties and the Rise of Museums in Enlightenment Rome”

The Dying Gaul, known as the Wounded Gladiator in the eighteenth century, was unearthed in the gardens

of the Villa Ludovisi in the early seventeenth century, and remained in the family collections until it was

acquired by Clement XII for the Capitoline Museum in 1736. A marble copy of a lost bronze Greek

original, the Dying Gaul was one of the most famous sculptures in the world during the age of the Grand