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Renaissance Art History Scholar To Give Talk At University Of Virginia

September 17, 2004 --

WHO: Paul Barolsky, Commonwealth Professor, U.Va.’s McIntire Department of Art

WHAT: Lecture: “Dante and the Invention of the Modern Artist”

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 30, 6 p.m.

WHERE: Campbell Hall, Room 160

For centuries, most artist, poets and writers worked in obscurity. The idea of the artist as a hero began with Dante, who made himself the principal subject of his own poetry, said Paul Barolsky, Commonwealth Professor of Art History at the University of Virginia. Barolsky will talk about the origins and history of our current idea of the great artist that we hold today in his talk, “Dante and the Invention of the Modern Artist,” on Thursday, Sept. 30, 6 p.m. in Campbell Hall, Room 160.

Barolsky, a Renaissance expert, has written extensively about the biography of the artist; art and literature; aesthetics and criticism. Recent books include “Michelangelo and the Finger of God,” “The Faun in the Garden: Michelangelo and the Poetic Origins of Italian Renaissance Art; “Giotto’s Father and the Family of Vasari’s Lives; and “Why Mona Lisa Smiles and other Tales by Vasari.”

For more information, call The McIntire Department of Art at (434) 924-6123.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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