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Monday, November 26, 2012
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
Veronese was praised from the start for the seductive surface of his paintings and the lush texture of his painted spectacles. He was described by his own contemporaries as a master of variety and charm. Varietas and vaghezza, however, were not just about artistic ingenuity and invention; early modern art critics deployed these terms to articulate an aesthetic pleasure that often bled into vertiginous frenzy.
In Veronese's Story of the Eye, Professor Maria Loh (Lecturer of Early Modern Italian art and theory, University College London) will discuss how form and content conspire to entice and absorb the desirous gaze of the beholder into the psychological depths of the painter's exquisite dreamscapes. The main actors in this fairytale will be: St. Lucy, the Magdalene, Venus, Actaeon, Apollo, and Friedrich Nietzsche.
Dr. Loh was a predoctoral fellow at the Getty Research Institute (2000-2002), a junior research fellow at St Hilda’s College Oxford (2003-2004), the recipient of a Philip Leverhulme Prize (2007-2009), and a Member at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2012-2013). She is interested in ghost stories and in the pathos of portraiture and is completing a book entitled Still Lives: Death, Desire, and the Portrait of the Old Master, which will focus on the perfidious nature of portraits, the perishable body of the artist, and the multiple lives that rise from the ashes of the dead.
This event is co-sponsored by the Institute of Fine Arts, the Department of Italian Studies, and the Humanities Initiative at NYU.
This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.