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Spring 2014 Upcoming Events

Tuesday, March 18, 5–6:30pm

SUSAN BOYNTON (Professor of Music, Columbia University)

LECTURE: "Sound and Image in the Middle Ages: Reflections on a Conjunction"
Cathedral of Learning, Room 501

Abstract: Although sound and image are characterized by markedly different temporal and material expressions, the experience and the idea of music are crucial to the received meanings of many works of medieval art. Links between art and music, rather than directly representational, are often indirect and elusive, as in the case of the capitals of the modes from the abbey of Cluny. Through several case studies, I will discuss the dynamic relationship between sound and image, the construction of musical images, and some ritual uses of music and image that shape the historical interpretation of visual culture.

Thursday, April 3, 4–5:30pm

BRIAN CURRAN (Professor of Art History, Penn State University)

LECTURE: "Of Gods and Monsters: An Egyptian Bestiary in Early Modern Rome"
Frick Fine Arts, Room 202

Abstract: In this talk, I explore the curious afterlife of the many Egyptian animal statues—lions, sphinxes, baboons, crocodiles, Apis bulls, and others—who once inhabited the gardens, palaces, and public spaces of Medieval and Early Modern Rome. Focusing on the "careers" of these works as they moved from place to place, and to new settings over the course of many centuries, I describe their rise, in some cases, to international fame as emblematic, "celebrity" statues in the antiquarian and intellectual, as well popular, tourist culture of the period from around 1300–1800. In addition to their inherent interest as tales largely untold, it is also hoped that these "cultural biographies" may cast a light on the social life of things in general, and art objects in particular.