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Art History grad students to present research: papal tombs, medieval caskets

  • January 31, 2012

Early war photography and romantic dreams are two art history research topics students will present at the Graduate Student Symposium.

Félix Massard, after a drawing by
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres,
"Apollo Lykeois," c. 1803,
engraving, in Le Musée français,
(Paris, 1803-1809),
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Art history graduate students from UAB and the University of Alabama will present their research for the 17th annual Graduate Student Symposium in Art History Feb. 3, 2012. The symposium is sponsored by the universities’ joint graduate program in art history. The symposium and the keynote lecture following it will be held in the UAB Mervyn Sterne Library Room 174, 917 13th St. South. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Research topics include “The Chastelaine de Vergi Fresco and French Medieval Caskets,” “The Evolution of Papal Tombs from the Beginning to Bernini,” “Nineteenth-Century Battle Paintings,” “Early War Photography,” “Romantic Dream Experiments,” “Elzie Crisler Segar’s ‘Popeye the Sailor Man’,” “Frances Benjamin Johnston: Imagining the New Woman through Portraiture,” and “Cindy Sherman: The Many Faces of Woman.” The first session is 11 a.m.-noon, with afternoon sessions at 1:15 and 3:15 p.m.

This year’s keynote lecture on “Ingres’ Shadows” will be delivered by Sarah Betzer, Ph.D., University of Virginia. The lecture will begin at 5 p.m. Betzer’s book “Ingres and the Studio: Women, Painting, History” is forthcoming from Penn State University Press and focuses on Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, an artist celebrated in his lifetime and beyond as one of the most esteemed portraitists of all time. Betzer’s talk will reconsider what possibilities ancient sculpture held out for Ingres and the distinctly modern terms of its allure. For more information, contact the UAB Department of Art and Art History at 205-975-0693.