Art History Majors to Present Out-of-Classroom Experiences

On Monday, October 26 at 5:30 p.m. in OP2210, four Art History majors will give presentations about their Out-of-Classroom experiences.  These experiences are part of the Art History major and students may choose to do anything that takes them out of the classroom and allows them to apply their art historical knowledge in new settings.  In the past, students have done internships, learned art-making techniques such as fresco, studied abroad, participated in archaeological digs, and so on.  The following students, who completed their Out-of-Classroom Experiences during Summer 2009, will present on Monday:

Ruby Jenkins, study abroad in Florence

Valerie Lazalier, study abroad in Rome

Samantha Lyons, study abroad in France

Cecilia Muruato, study abroad in Rome

The presentations will be followed by an informal reception including snacks and are organized by the Art History Society (the club for students interested in Art History). 

Alumnus Dr. Ryan Gregg to speak about Florentine Renaissance art

Dr. Ryan Gregg, who graduated from the Art Department (Art History) in 1999, will return to campus in mid-October.  Since graduating from Truman, Dr. Gregg has worked at the Art Institute of Chicago, earned a master's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and received his Ph.D. in Italian Renaissance Art History from The Johns Hopkins University.  He currently teaches Art History at Webster University in St. Louis.

During his visit, Dr. Gregg will meet with Art History and other students as well as with the student club Art History Society.  In addition, he will give a public lecture about his research.  Information about that talk follows:


False Advertising in the Renaissance:  Fabricating Military Architecture in Images of Siege Warfare

It was common practice in the Renaissance to include a bird's-eye view of a city in images of warfare.  Such images normally offered a recognizable portrait of the city.  Occasionally, however, artists would alter or embellish a city's fortifications for propagandistic purposes. This paper, after first explaining how such city views were made, will discuss an example by the Florentine artist Giorgio Vasari of such fabrication, found in his painting in the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence celebrating Europe's 1532 defense of Vienna against the Islamic Ottoman Empireā€”a battle that never actually occurred.

Monday, October 19, 2009

6:00 p.m.


Free and open to the public.

This event is generously sponsored by the University Art Gallery.

Ippolito de' Medici, Papal Legate of Clemente VII, goes to Hungary