A Different View Of Michelangelo

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Hum:2230-Renaissance and Baroque

Introduction:  This is a look a Michelangelo from a different angle.  Michelangelo lived in changing times and his art and writings reflect those changes.  This lesson plan deals with his life in Rome after he moved there from Florence in 1534.  The Protestant Movement had been underway for some years and the Church was seeking a remedy for the split.  Michelangelo came to know and befriend members of the Viterbo Circle, whose members include Reginald Pole and Victoria Colona, and others, many who were to become members of the Council of Trent.  This group sought to find a way to bring Protestants and Catholics together.  Through art, letters and poems the class will explore Michelangelo’s association with members of the Circle by trying to answer the following questions- Did Michelangelo exhibit Protestant ideas, and if so, how were they expressed?



PrE-mail: Students will be asked to read and respond to the article on the blog- Viterbocircle.wordpress.com.  They will be asked to post a response to the reading on the blog page to one of the following questions: What was new to you about Michelangelo? or, what attitude could you infer about Michelangelo at this time? Give an example and discuss.

After class has settled in, I ask my students to list their Strengths ans Weakness.  I have found this to work to the students advantage when I place them into groups.  It allows me to make the groups well rounded from all angles.

Ted-Ed Video-How Art Can Help You Analyze.  Since students will need to analyze works by Michelangelo to provide the answers to the questions posed, this is a good short video that will start the process.

Groups: Group size will be small, no more than 5.  Class time and library time will be used for brain-storming and to begin researching the works of Michelangelo.  They will need to select two works by Michelangelo, from art, poetry, or letters or a combination from the above for analyzing.  Once brain-storming is over and their criteria set, they will post it to the blog site for all the class to see.  This will let me check their work and allow other students and myself to help any in need.

Collective Paper: As a group the will compile their findings and write a collective paper discussing their results.

Findings: In an oral presentation each group will present their findings using either a classroom presentation, You-Tube, or another electronic method of their choice.  Part of the presentation is to have each group create an info-graphic of their design.




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