William Wallace, Ph.D.

wallace, w..pngWilliam Wallace, Ph.D. (Prof. of Art History,
Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO)



4.8 – The Da Vinci Conspiracy (4.6.12)



Art and Architecture of 14th-18th Century Italy
Barbara Murphy Bryant Distinguished Professor of Art History
Director of Undergraduate Studies

William E. Wallace received his Ph.D. in Art History from Columbia University in New York in 1983 and is currently Professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology. He teaches Renaissance art and architecture 1300-1700, and is an internationally recognized authority on Michelangelo and his contemporaries. In addition to more than 90 essays, chapters and articles (as well as two works of fiction), he is the author and editor of seven different books on Michelangelo, including Michelangelo at San Lorenzo: the Genius as Entrepreneur (Cambridge, 1994); Michelangelo: Selected Scholarship in English (Garland, 1996), Michelangelo: The Complete Sculpture, Painting, and Architecture (Hugh Lauter Levin, 1998), and Michelangelo: Selected Readings (Garland, 1999). His biography, Michelangelo: The Artist, the Man and his Times appeared with Cambridge University Press in 2010, and issued in paperback in 2011.  Most recently, he has published Discovering Michelangelo: The Art Lover’s Guide to Understanding Michelangelo’s Masterpieces with Rizzoli International Publications in 2012.

In 1990-91 he was a fellow at Villa I Tatti, Harvard University’s Center for Renaissance Studies in Florence; in 1996-97 he was at the American Academy in Rome, and in Spring 1999 he was the Robert Sterling Clark Distinguished Visiting Professor at Williams College in Williamstown, MA.

Professor Wallace was on sabbatical leave for the calendar year of 2014, during which time he was a  Senior Visiting Professorat Villa I Tatti in Florence. In April 2013, Professor Wallace was the Henry King Stanford Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at the University of Miami.  He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Champaign-Urbana (May 2013), and an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Dickinson College (May 2015).

Listen to Professor Wallace’s recent interview with the Washington University Ampersand about a rare document housed in the Washington University Library written by Michelangelo Buonarroti, and what it exposes about the life and times of the artist.  To hear the inverview, visit here. His newest book, tentatively entitled God’s Architect, will appear shortly. [1] 


[1] https://arthistory.artsci.wustl.edu/people/william-wallace


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