The SUArt Galleries is pleased to bring an exhibition of original drawings by the Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarroti to Syracuse University. Sculptor of the colossal statue David in Florence and painter of the Sistine Chapel ceiling and large fresco The Last Judgment at the Vatican, Michelangelo was also a renowned poet, patriot, architect, anatomist, military engineer and entrepreneur- a true Renaissance man. As such, this exhibition will explore multiple facets of Michelangelo’s life, art and reputation, and will include more than a dozen original drawings and writings by the Renaissance master.


SUArt Galleries, Syracuse
August 12, 2008 - October 19, 2008

The SUArt Galleries is the newest main campus venue for the visual arts. Accessible through the Shaffer Art Building, the facility hosts a variety of exhibitions throughout the year in a space of nearly 10,000 square feet. Recent shows have included Francisco Goya: Disasters of War and Impressions: Jasper Johns. The department's mission is to enhance the cultural environment of the University and the Syracuse area through meaningful educational experiences and encounters with art. These experiences can include exhibitions curated by the professional staff, traveling exhibitions and faculty-directed encounters with objects from the permanent collection.

Louise and Bernard Palitz Gallery, New York
November 4, 2008 - January 4, 2009

The Louise and Bernard Palitz Gallery at Syracuse University's Lubin House is the SUArt Galleries' visual arts venue in midtown Manhattan. The Gallery has presented a variety of notable programs since its opening in 2003, including permanent collection exhibitions of Rembrandt: The Consummate Etcher and The Elegant Salon: European Academic Paintings from the Syracuse University Art Collection. The February 2005 presentation of films, photographs and other materials from the Maysles brothers documenting projects by Christo and Jeanne-Claude was critically acclaimed.


Pina Ragionieri, Guest Curator

Pina Ragionieri Director of the Casa Buonarroti in Florence, Italy, since 1984, Ragionieri annually oversees highly significant exhibitions about Michelangelo and his family. Educated in modern Italian philology at the University of Florence, she previously enjoyed a distinguished career in publishing at the Casa Editrice Sansoni where she supervised the publication of Italian and foreign classics and translated works by Henry Fielding, Herman Melville and Henry James.

Ragionieri has organized many important Florentine cultural events, including the Brunelleschi Centenary in 1977 and the Medici Exhibitions in 1980. In 1997, she was recipient of a gold medal from the President of the Italian Republic for her work in art and culture and in 2006 was recognized with the Nelli Award of the Florence Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Some of her most recent publications include "Michelangelo's Sketch Models at the Casa Buonarroti" (2000), "Michelangelo Between Florence and Rome" (2003) and "Michelangelo: The Art, The Affections" (2006).

Click here for remarks by Dottoressa Pina Ragionieri on February 22, 2008 at the Press Conference in NYC.
CASA BUONARROTI: Click here for the website of the Casa Buonarroti in Florence, Italy.

Gary Radke, Scholarly Advisor

Gary Radke An internationally renowned expert in Italian medieval and Renaissance art and architecture, Radke recently served as curator of "The Gates of Paradise: Lorenzo Ghiberti's Renaissance Masterpiece," an exhibition that toured Atlanta, Chicago, New York and Seattle in 2007-08. The New York Times selected the exhibition catalogue for "The Gates of Paradise," which Radke edited, as one of the top art books of 2007. He previously organized traveling exhibitions of Verrocchio's "'David' Restored" (2005) and "Michelangelo: Drawings and Other Treasures from the Casa Buonarroti, Florence" (2001).

Radke earned his Ph.D. from New York University. At Syracuse University, he is Dean's Professor of the Humanities and Professor of Fine Arts in The College of Arts and Sciences, a Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence and recipient of the William Wasserstrom Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. A fellow of the American Academy in Rome, Radke is a prolific writer whose publications include "Viterbo: Profile of a 13th-Century Papal Palace" (Cambridge, 1997) and, with John T. Paoletti, "Art in Renaissance Italy" (London and New York, 2005).

Domenic Iacono, Director, SUArt Galleries

Domenic Iacono As director of the SUArt Galleries at Syracuse University, Iacono is responsible for exhibition programming in the galleries and at the Louise and Bernard Palitz Gallery at SU's Joseph I. Lubin House in New York City, care of the University art collection and public art on campus. The University art collection, comprised of more than 45,000 objects, has been the focus of his expertise since arriving at SU in 1977. Iacono also teaches in the museum studies graduate program in the School of Art and Design in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. His areas of specialty include collections management and the curatorship of prints. In 2006, he was the recipient of the Chancellor's Citation for Distinguished Service to the University.

Iacono has curated many exhibitions over the years, including "Rembrandt: The Consummate Etcher," "The Elegant Salon: European Academic Painting" and "Milton Avery Revisited." He has also authored articles for catalogs, periodicals and other publications, including "War News and Strange Brews: The Art of Boris Artzybasheff" which appeared in Scientific American. His exhibitions have been seen at the Phillips Collection, Smithsonian Institution, the Palitz Gallery, and the University of Pisa, Italy. His catalogs raisonné have been published on Richard Florsheim and Karl Schrag. He is working on another for Japanese-American artist Seong Moy.