William Wallace Eight Questions for William Wallace When I was researching and writing A Journey into Michelangelo’s Rome, I read thousands and thousands of pages -- books, articles, interviews, journals -- and one name kept popping up in my research, that of Dr. William Wallace. Dr. Wallace, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis, is one of the world’s foremost experts on Michelangelo -- a specialty which takes him to Italy frequently. He has just published a new biography, Michelangelo: the Artist, the Man, and his Times. It is delightfully readable and creates a fuller, more intimate portrait of the Renaissance genius.
AKN: You have devoted most of your academic research to the study of Michelangelo. How did you come to choose him as your subject?
William Wallace: I first traveled to Italy as a junior in college. I was an art history major, but on that three-week trip I realized “this is it!” I had read The Agony and the Ecstasy. I thought it was a pretty good read. But on that first trip I had that experience that so many people have when traveling in Italy. No matter how often great works of art are reproduced, that moment when you walk into the Sistine Chapel for the first time is so dramatically different. My breath was taken away.
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