Renaissance artists were ultimately empowered by family patronage in Italy. How have these images transformed our definition of provocative in modern culture?
John Thomas Spike is a noted art historian, author and lecturer, specializing in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art. Since 2011, Spike has been Assistant Director and Chief Curator of the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary, where he has curated and catalogued several important international loan exhibitions, including ‘Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane’, 2013, and ‘Leonardo da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty’, 2015. Born in New York City in 1951, Dr. Spike earned his Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1979, with a thesis on Mattia Preti, the Italian follower of Caravaggio. In 2007, Spike was named to the faculty of the Masters in Sacred Architecture, Arts and Liturgy organized by the European University of Rome and the Pontifical Commission on Fine Arts. In 2010 Spike was recognized by the Council of Europe as an expert in Cultural Heritage.
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