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Free Dec. 3 Library Lecture Connects Michelangelo and Caravaggio

As part of the UO Libraries’ Insight Seminar programming, UO art history professor Jamie Harper will speak on the connections between two great Renaissance artists in a free lecture on Monday, December 3, at 7 p.m. in Knight Library’s Browsing Room.

“Michelangelo and Caravaggio, or How Competition with the Deceased Can Be Good for Your Art” will explore how Caravaggio, usually described as an arch-naturalist who rejected the grace of the High Renaissance in favor of the grittiness of contemporary life, still paid close attention to the towering example of Michelangelo. The lecture will track the complex relationship that Caravaggio had with the artist he never knew.

The free lecture will offer an overview of topics covered in an Insight Seminar taught by Jamie Harper on Caravaggio’s life and times. The semiars begin Saturday, January 5, and continue on each of the following three Saturdays: January 12, January 19, and January 26. The Saturday sessions run from 9:30 a.m. to noon in Knight Library’s Proctor Classroom 41 and cost $99 for the four sessions. To register for the seminar, visit

On Saturday, February 2, Marc Vanscheeuwijck, associate professor of musicology at the UO, will offer a half-day seminar on Carravaggio and the meaning of music in early 17th-century art. The seminar runs from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. in Knight Library’s Browsing Room with a fee of $45. Registration is required. Visit to register.

UO Insight Seminars, a program offered by the UO Libraries, were established in 2003 to provide an opportunity for the general public to re-engage with the liberal arts and experience the intellectual fulfillment that is the hallmark of a university education. Seminars are led by UO faculty who are expert in the topics. They provide formal study guides and lead college-level discussion of the materials for up to ten hours of class time. For a complete list and description of Insight Seminars on tap for the remainder of the 2012-13 academic year, visit


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