5 Nov



In connection with Professor Louise Rice’s Special Topics course on “Bernini and the Roman Baroque,” the NYU Department of Art History sponsored a “Scholars’ Day” for students, devoted to the work of the Roman Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680). The event was planned to coincide with a major exhibition of Bernini’s work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2 October 2012-6 January 2013) and was designed to serve as a capstone event to the Bernini seminars being taught this semester by Professor Rice at NYU, by Professor Tod Marder at Rutgers University, and by Professor Evonne Levy at the University of Toronto. These three seminars, along with Professor Guy Walton’s freshman seminar on Roman Baroque Art and other interested students and faculty, joined forces for a morning of talks and discussion about Bernini generally and about the exhibition in particular. The format was modeled on the Scholars’ Days hosted by the Metropolitan Museum in conjunction with their major exhibitions. Met Scholars’ Days bring together leading professionals in the field to look at and talk about works of art; they are wonderful and enriching events, but because space is necessarily limited they are rarely open to students. Our idea was to re-create the intellectual excitement and concentration of a Scholars’ Day, but in a format accessible to students. Speakers included Professors Rice, Marder, and Levy as well as experts directly connected with the show: Tony Sigel, conservator at the Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University and one of the curators of the exhibition, and Paola d’Agostino of the Metropolitan Museum, principal exhibition organizer and facilitator.  About 65 scholars, curators, and students, including undergraduates and graduate students from all three participating universities, attended the event.  The format encouraged audience participation in wide-ranging discussion of major issues.  Lunch followed, during which NYU students had a chance to meet and socialize with students from the other universities and to share their experiences of a semester spent in intense study of Bernini and his art.  A good time was had by all.


The Department of Art History is extremely grateful to the Dean of the College of Arts & Science, the Dean for Humanities, and the Humanities Initiative for their generous support of this wonderful event.



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