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Ganz und gar wild – Van Heemskerck und Michelangelo

Lecture: 28 May 2024

In Rome, Maarten van Heemskerck was not only profoundly impressed by antiquity, but also by the modern art of the Italian Renaissance. He trained himself by copying the works of Pollaiuolo, Raphael, Peruzzi, Bandinelli and, above all, Michelangelo’s frescoes and sculptures. It is of considerable significance that he was particularly attracted to Michelangelo’s idiosyncratic, “wild” forms in such a way that many of the works he created after his return to Haarlem were clearly influenced by them – not only in individual motifs, but as a principle of design.

Lecture by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Horst Bredekamp (in German).

Lecture series

Accompanying the exhibition The Allure of Rome. Maarten van Heemskerck Draws the City is a series of lectures that takes place on Tuesdays. Individual aspects of Van Heemskerck’s work will be addressed and explained. Speakers will talk about the few paintings he created in Rome as well as the influence of Michelangelo, Van Heemskerck’s drawing materials and his approach to ruins in comparison with contemporary depictions by other artists.

All lectures are held in German at the Kunstgewerbemuseum (Kulturforum) in Berlin at 18:00 CET.

Advance reservation is required and free for charge. See the museum website for tickets and more information.

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