Seton Hall University's Alberto Italian Studies Institute is hosting a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Tuesday, December 12, to view the Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer exhibit. The trip is sponsored by Seton Hall alumnus Frank Cannata of the Cannata Report. Gabriella Romani, professor of Italian and director of the Alberto Institute, has expressed her excitement to facilitate an activity that brings together students, faculty members and donors.
Approximately 45 students will be attending the trip, including freshman Nikita Tripathi, who is thrilled to experience the art and Italian culture. "It will be great to see Michelangelo's work just to appreciate the art, but now that I am an Italian student it will be enriching to be able to connect what I learn about Italian culture to what I will see in his artwork and how his background may have influenced his art," says Tripathi.
The exhibition presents 133 of Michelangelo's drawings, three of his marble sculptures, his earliest paintings and his wood architectural model for a chapel vault, as well as complementary works by other artists for comparison and context. The exhibition was put together from a selection of 50 public and private collections in the United States and Europe. Charlotte Nichols, professor of art history at Seton Hall, comments: "Students will have the rare, extraordinary opportunity to see Michelangelo's creative process at work in his own preparatory drawings for the Sistine Chapel ceiling, which are exhibited underneath a full-size replica of the ceiling itself overhead!"
This is not the first trip Cannata has sponsored for the Alberto Institute. In December of 2015, he sponsored another visit for students this time to the Alberto Burri exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum.
Joseph Puleo was a student who attended the trip to the Guggenheim. He recalls: "All in all, the trip was fantastic. These kinds of experiences are the ones that make our education most memorable. Seeing Alberto Burri's work in person makes a certain impression on you. I am sure that if you ask anyone on that trip about him, they will certainly recall fondly his work and this experience. I truly appreciate the support of Mr. Cannata for allowing me to have such an opportunity."
"With the largest single collection of Michelangelo now on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, it would be a crime for students to not have an opportunity to view the unbelievable work of a great Master," says Cannata. "We hope that our gift to the students at Seton Hall University encourages other potential benefactors to do what they can to make it possible for students in secondary schools to be given the same opportunity."
The Alberto Italian Studies Institute was founded in 2003 thanks to the generous donation by Charles and Joan Alberto given in the support of the Italian Studies program at Seton Hall University. Inaugurated in May 2004, the Alberto Institute addresses the need to centralize Seton Hall's Italian-oriented programs such as the Joseph M. and Geraldine C. La Motta Lecture Series, the on-campus academic programs related to Italian studies, and the Summer Study Abroad program in Rome. The Institute coordinates the University's many activities relating to Italian and Italian American history and culture.
Categories: Arts and Culture