Dr. John T. Spike has been appointed as Distinguished Scholar in Residence for 2011 at Muscarelle Museum of Art at The College of William & Mary. Author of important books on Michelangelo and Caravaggio, Spike is internationally recognized as one of the most influential art historians working in museums and academia today.  Currently on the graduate faculty of the European University in Rome in conjunction with the Regina Apostolorum, and designated Expert on Cultural Patrimony for the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, Spike has lived and worked in Florence, Italy, since 1989.

"A dynamic curator and teacher, John’s fresh insights and profound scholarship have opened new vistas in art history, removing the barriers between Renaissance and contemporary studies and underscoring their shared foundations," said De Groft, Director of the Muscarelle Museum of Art. "As Distinguished Scholar in Residence, John is deepening his friendship with our College, which began with his appointment to the Muscarelle Museum Board of Directors in 2006.  Our students and docents already know and love him.”

Spike’s residence will cover the spring and fall semesters of 2011, working closely with the Director and Muscarelle staff on the final stages of preparation and research for a major exhibition of Renaissance and Baroque paintings that will open at the end of the year. “John’s knowledge was instrumental to the huge success of our Michelangelo drawings show, which was reviewed in the Wall Street Journal,” said De Groft.

During each semester, Spike will lead an undergraduate seminar on museums, including exhibition research and connoisseurship. Commenting on the appointment, Charles Palermo, Art History Chair at The College of William & Mary, said, “Guided by a world expert, our students will come into the Museum to see behind the scenes how an important exhibition is organized, catalogued and brought to fruition.”

Aaron De Groft also announced today that the Muscarelle Museum, again in conjunction with the Department of Art & Art History, has invited Dr. Spike to present a series of six Distinguished Scholar in Residence Lectures in 2011.  The subject of the first Lecture will be “Caravaggio and Shakespeare,” which will take place on February 17, 2011. The series will continue with lectures scheduled on the third Thursday of March, April, September, October, and November.


Third Thursday Lectures


Rewinding the History
of Western Art

by Dr. John T. Spike

Presenting Sponsor

Virginia Company Bank


February 17, 2011
Live and in Color: The Sixties Turn Up the Heat

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March 17, 2011
The Hand of Rodin

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April 21, 2011
Caravaggio’s Late Paintings

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September 15, 2011
Caravaggio’s Ambiguities

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October 20, 2011
Young Michelangelo: The Path to the Sistine

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November 17, 2011
Secret Messages of Faith: Fra Angelico’s Frescoes at San Marco

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Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795

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