Art Talk—Creature Feature: Fantastic Beings by Michelangelo

Michelangelo was famous for his powerful sculptures and paintings of human figures, but he also had fun designing imaginary creatures. Join Joachim Homann and Margaret Grasselli in this recorded ‘Creature Feature’ session to discover two sketches of strange, fanciful creatures…

Art Talk—Creature Feature: Fantastic Beings by Michelangelo

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Michelangelo was famous for his powerful sculptures and paintings of human figures, but he also had fun designing imaginary creatures. Join Joachim Homann and Margaret Grasselli in this recorded ‘Creature Feature’ session to discover two sketches of strange, fanciful creatures that combine human and animal traits. These lively sketches were ideas for small lamps that were intended to be both functional and amusing, though they look nothing like ones we use today!

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK:

+ Michelangelo Buonarroti, Italian, “Goldsmith’s Designs, Including Two Ideas for an Oil Lamp,” 1521. Black chalk on beige antique laid paper. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Charles A. Loeser, 1932.152. https://hvrd.art/o/298989

Speakers:
+ Joachim Homann, Maida and George Abrams Curator of Drawings, Division of European and American Art;
+ Margaret Morgan Grasselli, Visiting Senior Scholar for Drawings, Division of European and American Art, and Visiting Lecturer, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University;
+ Erica Lawton, Staff Assistant, Division of European and American Art

Inspired by this talk, we would love to see you exercise your own imagination through drawing! Choose a creature you love or imagine your magical creature, then design your own magical lamp inspired by your creature. Share your drawing with us by tagging @harvardartmuseums on Instagram.

“Creature Feature,” a new online series from the Harvard Art Museums, offers a chance for families with children ages 6 and up to explore magical creatures across the collections through close looking and curious exploration with museum staff. These talks are free, open to curious explorers of all ages, and offered one the first Saturday of each month at 10am on Zoom. 

Recorded Saturday, November 14, 2020. © President and Fellows of Harvard College. Video: Joachim Homann and Margaret Morgan Grasselli. For questions related to permission for commercial use of this video, please contact the Department of Digital Imaging and Visual Resources at am_divr@harvard.edu.