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Art History Lecture Series presents Dr. Azar Rejaie

April 18, 2018
05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
Fine Arts
Dishman Art Museum

Dr. Azar Rejaie, speaker for Art History Lecture SeriesThe Department of Art welcomes Dr. Azar Rejaie as its next guest lecturer for the Art History Lecture Series. Dr. Rejaie, a specialist in Italian Renaissance art, will present a talk entitled What’s He Doing in There? Photobombing in the Italian Renaissance. This lecture will explore her interests in Italian Renaissance artists inserting a self-portrait of themselves in a narrative made for a patron, resulting in paintings and sculptures that allow us to glimpse the faces of artists such as Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Michelangelo and Titian among the figures witnessing or even participating in religious and mythological narratives. But while the increasing status of some artists during the period explains why an artist might want to include himself in a work of art made for a patron, less understood is why a patron would allow, or even perhaps encourage, the artist do so during an era in which most artists were viewed as simple craftsmen. Dr. Azar Rejaie will discuss the practice of embedded self-portraits during the Italian Renaissance from the commissioner’s point of view to bring to light the partnerships that allowed both artists and their patrons to benefit from the appearance of an artist in a commissioned work of art.

Dr. Azar Rejaie is an associate professor of art history and chair of the Department of Arts and Communication at the University of Houston-Downtown, teaching and publishing in Italian Renaissance studies. Her research interests include embedded self-portraiture, signature studies and the formation of early modern identity, and Perugian and Florentine studies.

Julia C. Fischer
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