February 11, 2010 — The University of Virginia's Carl H. and Martha S. Lindner Center for Art History continues its spring lecture series with "The Dream of the Moving Moses: Michelangelo and the Jewish Imagination."
The talk, by Asher D. Biemann, Nathan Kolodiz Director of Jewish Studies and associate professor for modern Jewish thought and intellectual history at U.Va., will argue that there existed the phenomenon of a uniquely Jewish reception of Michelangelo in addition to the rich scholarly and fictional interpretation that has surrounded the artist's life and work since the early 19th century. The lecture will explore the Jewish encounter with Italy – and with the art of Michelangelo in particular – as an expression of ambivalence, aesthetic imagination, Pygmalean fantasy and hope for humanity.
Biemann's talk will be held Feb. 25. at 6 p.m. in Campbell Hall, room 153 followed by a reception in Fayerweather Lounge.
For information, contact the McIntire Department of Art at 434-924-6123.