Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2017

Author's School

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Author's Department

Art History & Archaeology

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Type



Michelangelo's painting and sculpture have long been lauded for their clarity of form and force of expression. But his approach to figural narrative is far more elusive. Space and its representation in Renaissance art have enjoyed considerable attention; however, the corresponding problem of movement and its relationship to time remains understudied. A feature particular to Michelangelo's work is his compression of multiple narrative moments into one work of art. By asserting that the movement of Michelangelo's figures is an agent of temporal duration, this project investigates the interrelationship of time and movement in Michelangelo's art. Drawing upon the philosophy of time in the Renaissance, I provide an interpretive re-appraisal of select works by the master, and a more robust account of time perception in the Renaissance. The result is a reflection on how our own cultural perceptions of time have affected our understanding of Renaissance art.


English (en)

Chair and Committee

William E. Wallace

Committee Members

John Klein, Angela Miller, Nathaniel Jones, C.D. Dickerson,


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