Undergraduate Art History and Criticism Symposium April 24

| April 22, 2015
Topics include Michelozzo's architecture in the Florentine Renaissance, Timurid manuscripts during the reign of Sultan Husayn Mirza Bayqara, and the Herter Brothers firm during the American Aesthetic movement.

Undergraduate students will discuss Michelozzo’s architecture in the Florentine Renaissance, Timurid manuscripts during the reign of Sultan Husayn Mirza Bayqara, and the Herter Brothers firm during the American Aesthetic movement.

The Department of Art, Design, and Art History will hold its annual Undergraduate Art History and Criticism Symposium, on Friday, April 24, at noon in the Sverdrup Building, room 123.

Discussion topics will include Michelozzo’s architecture in the Florentine Renaissance, Timurid manuscripts during the reign of Sultan Husayn Mirza Bayqara, and the Herter Brothers firm during the American Aesthetic movement. All are welcome to attend.

Student Presenters

The symposium showcases senior Art History and Criticism students who will present material from their theses.

Jessica Doerr, “Michelozzo: Emphasizing Decorative Qualities and Ornamentation in the Renaissance Style”
Doerr will discuss how Michelozzo used his sculptural background to create a more decorative Renaissance architecture for Florence. She became interested in this topic while studying abroad in Florence during the short term study abroad course, “Florence in the Renaissance.” Doerr plans to go on to study historic preservation.

Natalya Narishkin, “Illuminations of The Timurid Empire under the Reign of Sultan Husayn Bayqara”
Narishkin will present on the renewed focus and use of illuminations during the reign of Sultan Husayn Bayqara as a means of legitimizing his dynasty and ensuring his dominion. She first began a general interest in the Timurid empire in a History course on Asian Nomadic culture, and continued pursuing that interest last semester at Webster University’s London campus. Narishkin will graduate in May.

Mackenzie Holtsclaw, “Herter Brothers Furniture: The Aesthetic Movement, Decorative Arts, and America”
Holtsclaw will discuss the Herter Brothers as an example of the American Aesthetic movement’s interests and style. He will consider the firm within a Marxist reading of the period’s conspicuous consumption. Holtsclaw has always been interested in the decorative arts, and plans to pursue a career related to them. He will graduate in May.

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