In the wake of the white-supremacist terrorism of August 11-13, we wish to highlight and paraphrase some of the comments of Ian Baucom, Dean of Arts and Sciences:
Be assured that the Art Department remains a space where all can pursue the dialogue that counters the lies of racism, anti-semitism, homophobia, and nativism.
We are prepared to stand up for and support those who have been singled out as targets for hatred. The courage of free thought opposing cowardice and bigotry endures and persists here despite violence.

Faculty & staff

Paul Barolsky

Commonwealth Professor
Italian Renaissance Art and Literature
PhD Harvard University, 1969
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Details from the early years of Paul Barolsky remain obscure. We know however that he has been teaching courses on Italian Renaissance art and literature at the University of Virginia since 1969. His books include Michelangelo's Nose, Why Mona Lisa Smiles, Infinite Jest, Michelangelo and the Finger of God, and A Brief History of the Artist from God to Picasso.