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Art History Guest Lecture Series - Erudition, Salvation and Corporate Identity in Professor Tombs of the Italian Renaissance

February 06, 2020
February 05, 2020
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Fine Arts
Dishman Art Museum

Among the thousands of floor slabs and wall plaques that commemorated the deceased during the Renaissance, some forty-two sculpted tombs were made for professors who taught at the University of Padua for the two centuries between the mid 1300s and mid 1500s.  The great majority of them are of two types: one, featuring a recumbent effigy of the deceased, and two, the effigy is shown upright and perusing a book.  Both types prominently feature books to indicate learning, while many of the epitaphs likewise highlight the scholarly activities of the deceased.  The choice of two types of effigies of the deceased among the forty-two tombs and the presence of books indicate that the professors as a group took pride in their occupation distinct from other learned individuals. 

Jill Carrington is professor of Art History at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. She received her B.A. from Pomona College in Claremont, CA and her Ph.D from Syracuse University. Her area of specialization is art in Renaissance Italy.  She teaches advanced courses in the art of ancient Greece and Rome, the Italian Renaissance, Renaissance in Northern Europe, the Baroque in Europe and the history of the human body. She is passionate about seeing art in person and has made many overnight plane trips to see a special visiting art show. She wants to foster in students that love and intimacy with art and every semester leads students on a bus trip to art museums in Houston, Dallas or Fort Worth.

Department of Art & Design

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