Art History

Welcome to the Department of Art History, Tyler School of Art, Temple University. We are located in a new, cutting-edge facility in the culturally rich and vibrant city of Philadelphia and close to major urban centers throughout the Northeast.

Our mission is to educate students on the graduate and undergraduate levels about visual culture and its history, to foster scholarly research and advance knowledge in the discipline, and to function as a resource of expertise to the University, the region and beyond. The Department offers a variety of critical, theoretical and methodological perspectives and approaches. Our goal is to equip students with strong skills in a world in which visual literacy is of great importance, and on-site learning at local and regional museums is key to instruction. Students can broaden their education at one of Temple’s international programs, especially those in Rome and Japan, which offer a range of Art History classes. As part of Tyler School of Art, which includes the Temple Contemporary art gallery, we promote dynamic interactions between artistic, critical, curatorial, and scholarly practice. This education is designed to foster a life-long interest in, sensitivity to, and appreciation of the significance of artistic production as a fundamental historical and cultural form of human expression and communication. As part of our mission, our students regularly receive internships at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and other regional museums and galleries.

Central to our highly-ranked Department is our world-class faculty that have been awarded the University's major teaching awards (Lindback and Great Teacher), research awards (Creative Achievement and Provost’s Awards), and professorships (Carnell). Faculty have won major prizes from the American Association of Italian Studies, Archaeological Institute of America, College Art Association, and Renaissance Society of America. Faculty fellowships and grants include the American Academy in Rome, American Council of Learned Societies; American Research Center in Egypt; Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts; Council of American Overseas Research Centers; Dumbarton Oaks; Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; Fulbright Program; Getty Trust; Guggenheim Foundation; Villa I Tatti (Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence); Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton); Institute for Aegean Prehistory; Kress Foundation; Mellon Foundation; National Endowment for the Humanities; and the United States Agency for International Development.

Our graduate students have won major University fellowships and have received outside support from the American Academy in Rome; American School of Classical Studies in Athens; American Research Council in Egypt; Barra Foundation/McNeil Center for Early American Studies; Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts; Council of American Overseas Research Centers; Fulbright Commission; Getty Trust; Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; Huntingdon; International Center for Medieval Art; Kress Foundation; Luce/American Council of Learned Societies; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Newberry Library and Smithsonian. Many work as curators, teachers, and administrators in the arts (see Alumni pages). Undergraduates have been granted awards from Temple University as the Diamond Peer Teacher Program; Diamond Research Scholars Program; Library Prize; Research/Creative Projects and Travel; the Research Forum/Creative Works Symposium and Temple University Rome Study Abroad.  Many have gone on to graduate school and work in arts-related areas (see Alumni pages).

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  • Maeve Coudrelle (Art History) publishes review in "Art in Print"

    Maeve Coudrelle's review of the 4th San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial: Latin America and the Caribbean was published in the May/June 2016 (vol. 6, no. 1) issue of Art in...

  • Victoria Szafara (BA, Art History, 2017) wins the 2016 John S. Vodantis Memorial Scholarship for Greek Studies

    Victoria was awarded the scholarship due to her "outstanding academic record and impressive accomplishments", according to the Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia...

  • Art History alumnus teaches physicians and health-care workers to help sharpen their visual skills

    Twenty-four physicians and health care providers from some of the nation’s best teaching hospitals walk through Philadelphia Museum of Art. For the last two years, the...

  • Undergraduate
  • Minor in Art History

    The Art History minor is available for students who wish to explore art through the ages.  By completing courses across a number of significant periods in art, students gain a better understanding of the visual arts and modes of artistic expr... More More about Minor in Art History

  • Graduate
    Alumni Spotlight

    Norman Levinson, Honorary Art History Alumnus

    Norman Levinson

    May 28, 1931 - January 15, 2016 Norman Levinson was a passionate lover of art and art history. At the Tyler School of Art, we remember him well for the eighty-four art history classes he took (yes, classes, not credits, and he had signed up for an eighty-fifth course this spring semester!). All of the faculty and numerous students enjoyed his enthusiasm, collegiality and knowledge. He exemplified what it means to live a life of the mind; our community is richer for his involvement in it, and he will be missed. Norm graduated from the University of the Arts (then Philadelphia College of Art) with a major in illustration, and leaves behind a substantial body of his own professional work - paintings, pastel drawings, and photography. He exhibited in various galleries around the city, including the Swan Gallery, The Chestnut Hill Gallery, The Carol Schwartz Gallery, and the Greater Norristown Art League.   More

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    Parco delle Tombe, via Latina, Rome
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    Kaelin Jewell, "Anician Topographies of Power in the Late Antique Mediterranean"

    May 04, 2016

    to be given at the 51st Annual Kalamazoo International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University

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    Prof Elizabeth Bolman, "Place and Space in Early Byzantine Visual Culture"

    April 13, 2016

    Dr. Bolman will be presenting the talk at the "Worlds of Byzantium" conference at Dumbarton Oaks, 22-23 April 2016

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    W.M. Hartnett, Still Life - Five Dollar Bill, 1877
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    Practice talk: Brittany Strupp, "Counterfeit New York: William Michael Hartnett's "Still Life - Five Dollar Bill""

    April 13, 2016

    To be presented at: Material Experience: Thinking with Objects, University of California at Riverside.

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    CANCELLED Practice Talk: Dr. Elizabeth Bolman, "Place and Space in Early Byzantine Visual Culture"

    April 06, 2016

    to be given at the Dumbarton Oaks, "Worlds of Byzantium" Symposium, April 22-23, 2016. TALK CANCELLED

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    St Mark, Ebbo Gospels, 9th century
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    Undergraduate Research Symposium

    April 15, 2016

    The Department of Art History will hold its first annual event featuring undergraduate research completed in 2015/6. Senior Liz DaCrema w

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    Evelyne Axell "Ice Cream" 1964
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    Lecture: Dr. Kalliopi Minioudaki, "Other('s) Pop(s)"

    April 14, 2016

    This event is free and open to the public. Lecture is sponsored by the Department of Art History, Tyler School of Art and Temple Universi

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    Wassily Kandinsky, Study for a Painting with a White Form, 1913.
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    Practice Talk: Megan Reddicks,"Das sehr interessante Bild von Kandinsky: Ferdinand Möller and the Detroit Institute of Arts"

    March 23, 2016

    To be presented at: Negotiating Art: Dealers and Museums 1855-2015 International Conference, National Gallery, London, April 1-2, 2016

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    Previews of dissertations

    March 17, 2016

    Glimpses of dissertations: Devon Baker, Florence Hsu, Peter Wang, Julie Flangan

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    interior of Regensburg Synagogue, Abrecht Altdorfer, 1519
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    Dr. Larry Silver, "Altdorfer Rechristians Regensberg"

    March 29, 2016

    Dr. Larry Silver is the James and Nan Wagner Farquhar Professor of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania.  The event is fr

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    Thomas Cole, View from Mount Holyoke, 1836
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    Timothy Barringer, "Thomas Cole's Journey: Atlantic Crossings and Transregional Art History"

    March 28, 2016

    Timothy Barringer is the Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art at Yale University. This event is free and open to the public.  The

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    Rosa Bonheur, Mounted Indians Carrying Spears, 1890
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    Emily Burns, "Metaphorical Indigenous Landscapes: Representation and Oglala Performers in Paris in 1889"

    March 07, 2016

    Emily Burns is an Asst. Prof. of Art History at Auburn College. The lecture is sponsored by the Dept. of Art History, Tyler School of Art

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    Odilon Redon, "Eye Balloon", 1898
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    Practice Talk: Eileen Owens, "The Infinite and the Nothing: Science and Spiritualism in Odilon Redon's "Noirs"."

    February 24, 2016

    To be presented at "Crossing the Boundaries XXIIII: Sensation, Perception, Experience", Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, Bi

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    Thomas Eakins, The Concert Singer, 1890-1892
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    Erin Pauwels, "Song of the Painter: Thomas Eakins's "The Concert Singer" and the Poetics of Realism"

    February 24, 2016

    Erin Pauels is a Lecturer in the Department of Art History at the University of Southern California. The lecture is free and open to the

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    William Harnett, "Shinplaster with Exhibition Label", 1879
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    Nika Elder, "William Harnett, Still Life, and the Body Politic"

    February 18, 2016

    Nika Elder is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at university of Florida. This lecture is free and open to the public. Lecture sponso

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    Dome mosiac of the Church of the Twelve Apostles, in Thessaloniki
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    The Jackson Lecture in Byzantine Art: Amy Papalexandrou, "Listening In: Soundways and Sonic Spaces of the Byzantines"

    February 25, 2016

    Amy Papalexandrou is an Asst. Prof. of Art History and Archaeology at Stockton University (NJ). The event is free and open to the public.

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    Marcel Duchamp, Bicycle Wheel, 1951
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    Simon Shaw-Miller, "A Question and a Few Remarks on Art, Music, Bicycles, Kandinsky & Marcel Duchamp"

    November 03, 2015

    Simon Shaw-Millar, University of Bristol will present a lecture, "A Question and a Few Remarks on Art, Music, Bicycles, Kandinsky & M

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    Elizabeth Bolman inspecting recently cleaned frescoes in St. Antony Monastery
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    Dr. Elizabeth S. Bolman to speak at ARCE-Pa

    May 23, 2015

    "The Red Monastery Church: Beauty and Asceticism in Upper Egypt"

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    Vincent van Gogh, The Bridge at Asnières, summer 1887
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    Christa DiMarco, “Industry and Class in Van Gogh's Clichy Imagery”

    November 02, 2015

    To be presented at "Contamination: The 41st Annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium", Princeton University, November 5-7th. 

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    Édouard Manet, Street Singer, 1862
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    Dr. Therese Dolan, “Manet's Street Singer and the Poets in 1862”

    November 02, 2015

    To be presented at "Contamination: The 41st Annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium", Princeton University, November 5-7th. 

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    1923 Period Room from 901 Fifth Ave, NY
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    Distinguished Alumni Lecture: Donna Corbin, "Experiencing a Sense of How our Forebears Lived: Period Rooms at the Philadelphia Museum of Art"

    November 12, 2015

    Donna Corbin (Art History, MA, 1992) is the Louis C. Madeira IV Associate Curator of European Decorative Arts at the Philadelphia Museum

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    Leonardo da Vinci, Ginevra de’Benci, c. 1474-1478
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    Bradley Cavallo, “Paragone Overcome: The Impetus for Painting in Oil on Metal and Stone Supports”

    November 04, 2015

    To be presented at the 2015 Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC) Conference session “Blurring the Boundaries of Medium, Form, an

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    Albrecht Dürer, Fourth Knot, ca. 1506-1507
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    Devon Baker, "Translating Across Print Mediums: The Knotted Designs of Albrecht Dürer and Leonardo da Vinci"

    October 14, 2015

    To be presented at the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, October 22-25 in Vancouver, British Columbia

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    Anna Ancher, Plucking the Poultry, n.d.
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    Alice Price, “Picturing the Labor of Skagen's Women”

    October 06, 2015

    To be presented at SECAC, October 22, 2015

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    Dr. Sebastian Heath working on amphorae
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    CANCELLED Sebastian Heath, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU: "Economic Action and Cultural Complexity at the End of the Roman Mediterranean"

    September 29, 2015

    This event is free and open to the public. The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Art History, Tyler School of Art, and the Univer

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    Allora and Calzadilla, "Land Mark (Footprints)", 2001-2
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    Maeve Coudrelle, "The Print as Contact Zone: Creolization and the 'Expanded Field'"

    October 02, 2015

    to be presented at the Southeastern College Art Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, October 24, 2015

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    Giuliano da Maiano, Studiolo from the Ducal Palace at Gubbio, 1478-82
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    Linsey Schreiber, "'Praiseworthy and Masterly': Wood Intarsia in the Gubbio Studiolo"

    October 02, 2015

    to be presented at the AAH New Voices Conference, Manchester, UK

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    Giovanni Battista Palumba, 3 Monstrosities, 1503
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    Devon Baker, "Printing Beyond Boundaries: The Use of Northern Prints in Renaissance Milan"

    September 28, 2015

    to be presented at the FSU Graduate Symposium, Oct 2-3, 2015

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    Robert Frank, Cafe-Beaufort SC, 1965
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    Peter Han-Chih Wang "Jukebox and Coffin: Rethinking Robert Frank's 'The Americans' "

    September 29, 2015

    to be presented at the American Studies Association (ASA) Annual Conference in Toronto, Oct 8-11, 2015

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    Presbytery Mosaic, San Vitale, Ravenna, mid 6th century
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    Kaelin Jewell: Peacocks and Display of Power in Late Antiquity

    October 05, 2015

    to be presented at the Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, 22-25 October 2015

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    Pcol, Red Monastery in Egypt, ca.550-600
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    Agnes Szymanska: The Vision of Christ as God: Picturing the Monk's Spiritual End in Byzantine Egypt

    October 05, 2015

    to be presented at the Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, 22-25 October 2015

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    Emperor Basil ordering the hair of his son to be cut, Madrid Skylitzes, ca. 1100
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    Joseph Kopta: Hair, Touch, and the Ivory Comb of Leo VI as an Agent of Imperial Order

    October 05, 2015

    to be presented at the Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, 22-25 October 2015

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    Angel-clergy, fresco from Peribleptos Church, Mistra, 1370s
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    Amy Gillette: "The Music of Angels in Byzantine Art"

    October 05, 2015

    to be presented at the 41st Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, Oct 22-25, 2015

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    Reverse of Sardian civic coin; copyright Archaeological Expeditions to Sardis/Harvard University
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    Prof Jane Evans "What Archaeology Can Tell us about the Date of the Opening of the Civic Mint in Sardis, Turkey"

    September 14, 2015

    Dr. Evans would appreciate your feedback before I give this talk to the International Numismatic Congress in Taormina, Sicily, Sept 20-23

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    "Jacopo Pontormo's Virgin and Child with Saint Anne"
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    Distinguished Art History Alumni & Scholars Lecture: Dr. Jack Wasserman, "Jacopo Pontormo's Virgin and Child with Saint Anne"

    March 12, 2015

    Dr. Jack Wasserman is an acclaimed scholar in quattrocento and cinquecento Italian art, author of major books, scores of articles, recipi

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    Spinello Aretino's Magdalene, ca.1400
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    Amy Gillette, "The Parabolical Sense of Spinello Aretino's Magdalene Banner"

    May 06, 2015

    to be presented at the 50th Annual International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI

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    Manet's "Street Singer", 1862
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    Dr. Therese Dolan to speak at the University of Delaware

    April 30, 2015

    Dr. Therese Dolan will present a lecture, "Manet's Street Singer and the Poets"

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     Walker Evans, Joe's Auto Graveyard, Pennsylvania, 1936
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    Practice Talk: Peter Han-Chih Wang, "Automobiles and the Roadside: Reframing Walker Evans's American Photographs"

    April 23, 2015

    To be presented at the Fellows Lectures in American Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. May 7, 2015 

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    Alberto Sánchez, Maternidad, 1933
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    Practice Talk: Maite Barragán “Regeneration and Madrid's Suburbs: Tradition and Transition in the Spanish Avant-Garde”.

    April 08, 2015

    To be presented at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, April 10-11, 2015

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    Anonymous, Portrait of Gabriel Prato of Asti, 16th century, oil on stone. Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome (photo by author)
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    NEW DATE! NEW ROOM! Practice Talk: Bradley Cavallo “The Body Made Whole Again: 16th-17th Century Mortuary Monuments in Rome.”

    April 08, 2015

    To be presented at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Art History Graduate Student Symposium, “Figuring it out: Bodies and the

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    Camille Claudel, Sakuntala, 1888
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    Practice Talk: Alice Price “The Female Nude and the Woman Artist: The Expressive Symbolist Womb”

    April 06, 2015

    to be delivered at the Humanities Research and Education Association Annual Conference in San Francisco on April 9, 2015.

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    John James Audubon, The Birds of America, Plate 321, Roseate Spoonbill, 1824–38
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    Practice Talk: Brittany Strupp “To Make a Portrait of a Bird: John James Audubon’s Birds of America and Post-Revolutionary Portraiture”

    April 15, 2015

    To be presented at the Art History Graduate Student Symposium, Ohio University, April 17-18, 2015

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    John Singer Sergeant, "Gassed", 1918-1919, Imperial War Museum, London
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    Practice Talk: Lea C. Stephenson, "The End of an Era: John Singer Sargent's "Gassed" and the Social Preoccupations of Aestheticism"

    April 13, 2015

    To be presented at the 6th Annual Undergraduate Art history Conference at Baker University, April 25, 2015

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     Nursing Mother of God, north semidome (detail) of the Red Monastery Triconch Sanctuary, sixth century CE © ARCE
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    Practice talk: Agnieszka Szymanska “Theōria as a Mode of Spiritual Seeing in Early Byzantine Asceticism”

    April 02, 2015

    To be presented at the Sixty-Sixth Annual Meeting of The American Research Center in Egypt in Houston, Texas, April 24-26, 2015 and secon

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    Thomas Stothard, Callicum and Maquilla, Chiefs of Nootka Sound, 1790
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    Monica Hahn “ “Nootka Royalty” and Nuu-chah-nulth performance: the trade in sea otter pelts, images and identity in the 18th-century Pacific sphere”

    March 30, 2015

    Practice talk, to be presented at the "The Americas and the Pacific," The Eleventh Annual Yale University American Art Graduate Symposium

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    Vincent van Gogh. Montmartre: Windmills and Allotments, March-April 1887
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    Christa DiMarco "Agriculture and Industry in Van Gogh's Paris-Period Paintings”

    March 11, 2015

    Practice talk, to be presented at the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art, Twelfth Annual Graduate Student Symposium in N

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    Pontormo, "Virgin and Child with Saint Anne", 1529
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    The Fifth Annual Distinguished Alumni and Scholars Lecture

    February 21, 2015

    The Department of Art HIstory presents Dr. Jack Wasserman, Professor Emeritus, Tyler School of Art/Temple University: "Jacopo Pontormo's

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    Wrangelschrank, 1566, Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturegeschichte, Münster
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    Dr. Andrew Morrall, "Art Geometry and the Imagery of the Ruin in the 16th Century Kunstkabinett"

    March 10, 2015

    Dr. Morrall is a Professor at the Bard Graduate Center, NY The lecture is free and open to the public; it is sponsored by the Department

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    Edgar Degas, Unfinished Print: Mart Cassatt at the Louvre, The Etruscan Gallery, 1879
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    Whitney Kruckenberg, "Degas and the Vaunting of 'le non fini'"

    February 25, 2015

    Practice Talk for the Mid-Atlantic Symposium, to be done by Skype

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    Julie McGinnis Flanagan to speak at PAFA's Graduate Symposium, Feb 28, 2015

    February 28, 2015

    Title of her talk: The Garden in Grand Central: Harriet Whitney Frishmuth and the Interwar Market for American Sculpture Free to all stud

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    Harriet Frishmuth, "Joy of the Waters" 1917
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    Julie MGinnis Flanagan, "The Garden in Grand Central: Harriet Frishmuth and the Interwar Market for American Sculpture"

    February 11, 2015

    Practice presentation for PAFA Graduate Symposium on "The Artist and the Garden", Feb. 28, 2015

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    Dana Schutz, Man Eating his Chest, 2005
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    Heather L Castro: “Carnival Feasting: Dana Schutz, Land of the Dead, and Processing Collective Trauma”

    February 02, 2015

    To be presented at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association conference, Albuquerque, NM. February 13th, 2015.

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    Mary and Jesus Nativity, Qisas al-Anbiya, 16th c
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    Sumreen Chaudhry: "Ottoman Virgin Mary: Mother of a Prophet or Mother Prophetess?"

    February 02, 2015

    To be presented at the Center Islamic Studies at 2015 Joint National Conferences (NAAAS, NAHLS, NANAS, IAAS, and CID) Baton Rouge, LA, Fe

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    Raphael, "Sistine Madonna", 1512
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    Dr. Marcia Hall "Sacred Images, The Body, The Senses at the time of Reformation"

    January 28, 2015

    To be presented at the Princeton Theological Seminary, Feb 10, 2015

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    Camilio Jose Vergara, "Tracking Time: Documenting America's Post-Industrial Cities"

    January 22, 2015

    Lecture supported by Art History, English, Journalism, Temple Contemporary and the Senate Lectures and Forums fund.

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    Miss ArtPark People
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    William Schwaller, "Preserving and Controlling the Experience of Land Art: Films by Mary Miss and her Contemporaries"

    January 21, 2015

    To be presented at the College Art Association Conference, NY February 11, 2015 Session: Preserving the Artistic Legacies of the 1960s

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    Art History Graduate Organization (AHGO)

     For students pursuing an MA or Ph.D. in Art History at Tyler

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