2005 Student Research Conference:
18th Annual Student Research Conference

Fine Arts

The Ways in Which Contemporary Attitudes Shape Understanding of Art and Particularly of Michelangelo
Melissa B. Prillaman
Dr. Julia DeLancey and Dr. Scott Alberts, Faculty Mentors

Contemporary stereotypes and individual attitudes shape a culture’s understanding of and interest in art historical topics. This research project completed for ART 432: Reading Michelangelo examines attitudes toward art, artists, and specifically those towards Michelangelo. The method of research will be to conduct an online survey of Truman students, faculty, and staff in which participants will respond to statements regarding the notion of the genius artist, the social relevance of art, and specific questions relating to the art and character of Michelangelo. The myths and attitudes concerning Michelangelo affect how he is studied and placed within art historical context. The analysis of the survey results as well as an open forum discussion will help in understanding the consequences of stereotypes and myths regarding art and Michelangelo. This presentation will present the findings of the online survey as well as generate discussion regarding them and Michelangelo in general.

Keywords: Michelangelo, art , survey, stereotypes, discussion, myth

Topic(s):Art History

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 16-1
Location: OP 2210
Time: 9:45

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