Sheri Shaneyfelt, senior lecturer and director of undergraduate studies in the department of history of art, will explore developments in Italian painting from the late 14th to the 16th century in a lecture at the Milwaukee Museum of Art on Thursday, October 16.
Shaneyfelt will address “Italian Renaissance Art from Glasgow: Paintings from Florence, Bologna, and Venice at the Milwaukee Art Museum” in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibit, both celebrating the richness of Italy’s artistic legacy.
Her lecture will be a stylistic, temporal, and geographical journey through the humanization of the figure, the rise of linear perspective, the role of narrative, variations on the “holy family,” and portraiture, through the works of GIovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Luca Signorelli, Tiziano Vecellio (“Titian”), and Paris Bordone, among others represented in the featured exhibition Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums.
The exhibit includes religious paintings of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance, along with secular Neoclassical and genre paintings of the nineteenth century, representing the principal artistic centers, such as Bologna, Florence, Milan, Naples, Rome, and Venice.
Shaneyfelt, recipient of the Harriet S. Gilliam teaching award for the College of Arts and Science, specializes in Italian Renaissance art. She also teaches courses in Northern European Renaissance and Baroque art at Vanderbilt.
*Antonio Balestra. Justice and Peace Embracing, ca. 1700. © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection, Courtesy American Federation of Arts