John T. Spike, a noted art historian, curator, and author specializing in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art, will present a free lecture titled “Michelangelo: In the Beginning,” on Friday, November 19, at 6 p.m. in the Kimbell Art Museum auditorium.

From the apprentice who, at the age of 13, draws copies that are indistinguishable from his master’s originals; to the miracle of the Pietà; to the completion of the David, a task considered impossible; to the young man’s return to Rome at the age of 33 to undertake the vast ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, this lecture probes the early biography of Michelangelo and follows several of the major themes that emerged in this formative period of his life and work.

Spike is the author of more than twenty culturally significant books on Renaissance, Baroque, and contemporary art, including Caravaggio and the newly released Young Michelangelo: The Path to the Sistine, which will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop.

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