Description of Assignment:
Final Project: "Michelangelo on Trial"
Goal: to explore the viewpoints and interactions of
various writers, artists, and historical figures through role
play and re-enactment.
Task: The "Trial" of Michelangelo is framed
here as an imaginary discussion between various figures encountered
during the class. Students will assume one of these identities,
and prepare themselves by reading and research to hold a conversation
from the viewpoint of that person. The "Trial" will
be a conversation around questions provided by Re and Rebecca,
who will serve as moderators.
Due: the "Trial" will take place in class
on Friday, July 16.
Details: Students will research their personae individually,
and then work in groups (Attackers and Defenders), to develop
their courtroom strategy. These groups will be assigned by
Re and Rebecca. Research and preparation are necessary to
help the students bring relevant details about their person's
past activities, decisions, and works into the conversation.
A list of general accusations leveled at Michelangelo will
be provided. To perform well, attackers must elaborate on
this list with a specific set of objections to specific works
and concepts of Michelangelo - Defenders must anticipate criticisms,
and construct a specific set of responses for discussion.
Accompany your details with images and quotes whenever possible.
Criteria for grading include: depth of preparation,
level of detail, organization, oral performance, and ultimately,
how convincing your arguments are (even if these deviate from
If you have questions, please come talk to Re or Rebecca
as soon as possible.
- Pope Julius II
- Giorgio Vasari
- Lorenzo "the Magnificent" de Medici
- Pietro Aretino
- Leonardo da Vinci
- Fra Savonarola
- Donato Bramante