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Visiting Art Historian Dr. A. Victor Coonin
February 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Dr. A. Victor Coonin is the James F. Ruffin Professor of Art History at Rhodes College, where he has taught since 1995. A distinguished Art Historian, Professor Coonin has published widely on Italian Renaissance Art as historian, critic and reviewer. Professor Coonin is the author of a monograph on Michelangelo’s David called From Marble to Flesh: The Biography of Michelangelo’s David, published in 2014. He has written dozens of influential articles, encyclopedia essays, and catalogue entries for leading European and American venues. His work has been supported by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Samuel H. Kress Foundation, among others.
Coonin will present a lecture titled The Contemporary Relevance of Michelangelo’s David, and the event is free and open to the public.
“Michelangelo’s David is the world’s most famous statue. Though created over 500 years ago, the work continues to resonate in the popular consciousness,” said Coonin. “Modern artists from Warhol to Banksy have offered riffs on the statue to highlight artistic and cultural concerns. Through the David we are reintroduced to themes of gender and sexuality, beauty and body image, and even censorship and violence. Responding to recent events, the general public has been actively engaging in dialogue with the David, confronting everything from Brexit to terrorism. My lecture will highlight these themes and others in demonstrating the contemporary relevance of Michelangelo’s statue.”