Emily received her B.A. in both Art History and French at the University of
Mary Washington in 2006. Her senior thesis on the lunettes of the Sistine Chapel
sparked an interest in Michelangelo and sacred art that has continued through
her graduate studies at the University of Virginia. Her Master's Thesis, under
the direction of Prof. Summers, also focused on the lunettes of the Sistine
Chapel, with a particular emphasis on the Marian iconography and theology found
in this zone of the chapel's decoration. Completed in 2008, Emily's Master's
Thesis laid the foundation for her current dissertation project (also under
the direction of Prof. Summers), which explores Michelangelo's Marian imagination
throughout his career. She is grateful for the support of the Society of Fellows'
Dissertation Year Fellowship, which will support her writing in the coming
year. In the fall of 2012, she will present part of her research on Michelangelo's
at the Sixteenth Century Society Conference in Cincinnati.