Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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.
Chair and Committee
William E. Wallace
John Klein, Angela Miller, Nathaniel Jones, C.D. Dickerson,
Anno, James Philip, "Michelangelo Moving Time" (2017). Arts & Sciences Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1086.