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Music, Painting, and the Ideal of the "Renaissance (Wo)Man"

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Talk by Walter Denny, Distinguished Professor of Art History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Wednesday at 4 lecture series.

In this illustrated lecture, Walter Denny, Distinguished Professor of the History of Art & Architecture, will discuss the role of music in Renaissance courtly and intellectual life, drawing upon the evidence found in Renaissance paintings.  

Professor Denny has taught at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Art History Program since 1970. His primary field of teaching and research is the art and architecture of the Islamic world, in particular the artistic traditions of the Ottoman Turks, Islamic carpets and textiles, and issues of economics and patronage in Islamic art. In addition to curatorships at the Harvard University (1970-2000) and Smith College (2000-2005) art museums, in September of 2002 he was named Charles Grant Ellis Research Associate in Oriental Carpets at The Textile Museum, Washington, DC. In 2013-14 he was the first Nasser David Khalili Visiting Professor of Islamic Art at Queens College, City University of New York. He served as Senior Consultant in the Department of Islamic Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art from 2007 to 2013, and again from 2014 to 2017. In 2011 he received the George Hewitt Myers Award for Lifetime Achievment in Textile Studies from the Textile Museum, Washington. In 2014 he was named Distinguished Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

This talk will be conducted via Zoom. RSVP here.