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Michelangelo: The Failed Instructor
Michelangelo: The Failed Instructor

Museum Lecture Hall

Between 1510 and the early 1530s, Michelangelo engaged inthe artistic education of workshop assistants and young noblemen. According tothe artist-biographer Giorgio Vasari, his pupils showed little talent, going asfar as describing one of them as “not a brain capable of much.” But could ithave been Michelangelo’s lack of didactic skills that set his pupils up forfailure? Getty assistant curator of drawings Edina Adam examines the types ofexercises devised by the master and how they served—or rather disserved—theprogress of his students.

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