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.

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Eric R. Hupe

BA, Classical Civilizations, Fordham University, 2008
MA, Art History, Washington University in St. Louis, 2011
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Eric is finishing his doctoral work in Italian Renaissance art. His dissertation, titled The Franciscan Theology of Light and Venetian Paintings of the Late Fifteenth Century, examines the intersection of optical science, theology, mysticism, and art, exposing the theological underpinnings of the development of linear perspective and pictorial naturalism. Eric completed his M.A. at Washington University in St. Louis where he focused on the art of Michelangelo and issues of patronage. His research on Michelangelo is published in the edited anthology Michelangelo in the New Millennium from Brill Press.

Eric has taught a number of course on Italian Renaissance art and culture, Baroque and Rococo art, and surveys of World Art. For the past three years he has helped co-teach the UVA J-Term in Rome. In addition to his classroom instruction, Eric has served as a graduate research intern at The Frick Collection, where he worked on the exhibition "Piero della Francesca in America," and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. While living in New York, Eric was a frequent lecturer at The Cloisters Museum, the medieval branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

For more information regarding Eric's research and teaching, visit his website.