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Release: Feb. 2, 2001
Symposium on 19th-century French Culture will be at
UI Feb. 8-9
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa School of
Art and Art History and the department of French and Italian will join forces
to present an interdisciplinary symposium, "Interarts Dialogue in 19th-Century
French Culture," Thursday and Friday, Feb. 8 and 9, on the UI campus.
Beth S. Wright, a professor of art history at the
University of Texas at Arlington will present the keynote lecture, "Painting
Thoughts and a Mental Theatre: Delacroixs Depiction
of Romantic Literature," at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in Room E109
of the UI Art Building.
Four lectures will be presented in the Museum of Art
during the afternoon on Friday, Feb. 9:
-- at 3 p.m., Christopher M.S. Johns of the UI and
the University of Virginia will speak on "Canova and the Catholic
Revival in Early 19th Century France";
-- at 3:30 p.m. UI faculty member Jack Johnson will
speak on "Stendhal and Romantic Sculpture";
-- at 4 p.m. UI faculty member Wendelin Guentner will
present "Sketching Women; Women Sketching in 19th-Century French
Prose Fiction": and
-- at 4:30 p.m. Iowa State University faculty member
Marie Lathers will present "Forgotten in a Corner:
Artists Models in 19th-Century Paris."
The lectures will be followed by a reception in the
Museum of Art. All events in the symposium are free and open to the public.
Wright specializes in 18th-century and 19th-century
French art. She has published articles in scholarly journals and is the editor
of the forthcoming "Cambridge Companion to Delacroix," to be published
this spring as part of the Cambridge Companion to the History of Art series.
Wright received a grant from the National Endowment
for the Humanities for the publication of her earlier book, "Painting
and History During the French Restoration: Abandoned by the Past." The
influential scholarly journal 18th-Century Studies described the book as "an
exciting, persuasive and original interpretation of the interrelationship
between historical writings and historical paintings," and concluded:
"This excellent interdisciplinary study makes a very significant contribution
to cultural history as well as art history."
The School of Art and Art History and the department
of French and Italian are part of the UI College of Liberal Arts. The symposium
is supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research, the College
of Liberal Arts and International Programs.
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