FORGOTTEN MASTERS & MONUMENTS
Have you ever seen a mastorwork in a museum, and been suprised to have never heard of the artist who made it? The world is full of artists, artworks, and monuments made by those who have fallen out of our collective consciousness. Through lectures, public conversations, art tours, and writings, Forgotten Masters is a quixotic attempt to research and contextualize once-famous and influential artists and their work.
MICAH CHRISTENSEN | PhD
Micah is a scholar of European and American fine art. He earned his Masters of Fine Art from Sotheby’s Institute (London), where he worked in several royal, private, and public collections. His Masters dissertation explored the life and work of the Spanish painter Joaquín Sorolla.
For his doctoral thesis, Madrid, Rome, Paris: The Education Nineteenth-Century Artists, Micah spent ten years in more than 40 museums in France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and United States to research the classroom practice and patronage of artists. He subsequently lectured on the subject throughout Europe, including at the British Library and for Cambridge University.
Micah sits on the Board of the Springville Museum of Art, the Utah Institute of Classical Art & Architecture, and the Beaux-Arts Academy. He regularly writes for Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. As a consultant, he works with private and public collectors around the world, and consults with artists with an interest in classical education..
After receiving his Bachelor of Architecture in 1979 from the University of Toronto, Michael went on to work at the Royal Ontario Museum, and teach at the School of Architecture of the University of Toronto while taking MA courses in Art History, In 1988 he was accepted into the History and Theory Program of the School of Architecture of Princeton University, receiving his Masters in 1991. The following year, he was accepted into the Graduate program in Archeology of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, completing the course and becoming a Fellow of the School in 1993.
Throughout the 90’s he worked as one of the two architects for the Agora Excavations of the American School of Classical Studies, Athens. In 2001 Michael began teaching at the University of Notre Dame’s Architecture program in Rome. From 2011 to 2014 Michael was the Academic Director of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art’s Beaux Arts Atelier in New York and its one full time teacher, teaching courses in Design, Theory, History, Field Studies, etc.. He also works as a design consultant.