Art History Lecture Series: Lecture by Stephen Campbell

Sponsored by Department of Art & Art History and the Cantor Arts Center Membership Board


Thursday, April 17, 2008
5:30 pm –
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Cummings Art Building, Art 2

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Andrea Mantegna circa 1460: Imitation and the Force of Images

Andrea Mantegna (1430-1506) is examined as an artist with a distinctive consciousness of tradition. Tradition in his work encompasses the future of art, which he seeks actively to shape with his virtuoso demonstrations of the principles of painting and through his engravings. His art is also a meditation on its own place in relation to the past and present - the signa and imagines of antiquity, the icons of the medieval church, and the modern practice of older contemporaries like Donatello. Such meditations are all motivated by an extraordinary concentration on one aspect of images in particular - their force or effectiveness in the world.

Stephen Campbell (Ph.D., Art History, Johns Hopkins University, 1993) is Professor and Chair of the Department of History of Art at Johns Hopkins University. He is a specialist in Italian art of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. His work has particularly focused on the artistic culture of North Italian court centers, on the Ferrarese painter Cosmè Tura and the Paduan Andrea Mantegna; other projects have resulted in studies of Giorgione, the Carracci, Agnolo Bronzino, Michelangelo and Rosso Fiorentino. In general, his research has explored the relation between artistic theory and practice and literary models of imitation and interpretation, along with the consequences of this encounter for the reception of the work of art in broader social and religious spheres. Recent and current projects include a book on the rise of mythological painting in Italy and a study of the political dimensions to the sixteenth century court style known as "Mannerism."

Portion of above bio quoted from www.jhu.edu/arthist/campbell

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