Historian captivates audience with ancient masterpieces

Sean Crum engages his audience with with a presentation on Michelangelo. Photo by Robert Pearl

Merging modern technology with the works of Michelangelo, historian Sean Crum captivated and enlightened his audience at Porter Library on June 11. Underlining the importance of his subject, Crum said if anyone is asked to name five famous artists, Michelangelo will usually be the first or second mentioned. He added that there has never been, before or since, an artist of the caliber of Michelangelo.

He provided his audience with a handout, “The Touch of Genius,” listing the 31 sculptures Crum discussed in his presentation. Outlining Michelangelo’s early fascination and talent for art, Crum said this brilliant artist was only 16 when he carved his first major sculptures and by 21 was invited to the Vatican in Rome, to produce sculptures. It was in Rome that Michelangelo created the "Pieta."

Patt Long, a Westlake-Westshore Arts Council board member, described Crum’s presentation as “a remarkable and delightful art history lecture.” Enthusiastic audience response to previous lectures by Crum, which the WWAC sponsored, encouraged the presentation of his recent lecture.

Those who took the opportunity to be enlightened and enlivened by art history through the magic of Sean Crum were not disappointed.

Louise Seeholzer

Publicist for Westlake-Westshore Arts Council

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 9:24 AM, 06.19.2018