This fall, the Mortimer Rare Book Room and the Department of Art at Smith College are pleased to host Michael Bury as the 2011-2012 Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Professor in Renaissance Studies. Professor Bury will present his third and final lecture in the series, "Art and Sacred Meaning: from Michelangelo Buonarroti to Michelangelo da Caravaggio"on Tuesday, October 18 in Graham Auditorium/Hillyer Hall at 5:00 pm. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Bury is an Honorary Fellow in the History of Art at the University of Edinburgh, and a Core Member of the University's Center for the Book, an international and interdisciplinary center for advanced research into all aspects of the material culture of the text - its production, circulation, and reception from manuscript to the electronic text.
He has worked on various aspects of Italian painting, sculpture and architecture, from the fifteenth through to the seventeenth century. He has published articles on the forms and functions of processional banners and on funerary chapels and their decoration. In recent years, his main research interest has been Italian printmaking of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.
His exhibition, The Print in Italy 1550-1620, was shown at the British Museum, London, at Columbia University, New York, at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and at the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh. Michael Bury's catalogue for the British Museum exhibition won the Eric Mitchell Prize for the best English language exhibition catalogue of the years 2000 and 2001. ' "Magisterial" is the only word to describe this stupendous survey...The scholarly catalogue, by Michael Bury, could not be better' (Daily Telegraph); 'a document that will not only support the field [of the Renaissance] but open it up to many new directions for a very long time to come' (The Burlington Magazine).
In 2002, he was awarded a major research grant by the Art History Research Center for a three-year project, Court Culture in Early Modern Rome, 1450-1750. In collaboration with Carol Richardson (Open University), Helen Langdon and Jill Burke (University of Edinburgh), this was brought to a successful conclusion in 2006. In 2008 he wasa Visiting Curator at the Courtauld Institute of Art and 2008-2009 he was Balsdon Fellow at the British School at Rome.
This fall, Professor Bury teaches ARH 240 Art Historical Studies: The Print and Visual Communication in Early Modern Italy. The course, on Renaissance printmaking will culminate in an exhibition of Renaissance prints at the Smith College Museum of Art. Drawing on the collections of the Five Colleges, it will examine the impact of Albrecht Durer's prints, especially on Italian printmakers. Bury and his students will collaborate to curate the show.
Professor Bury presented two lectures in the series earlier in the semester: "The Response to Michelangelo's Last Judgment" on September 20 and "Censorship and the Control of Images in 16th-century Rome" on October 4. Click on the image at left for a PDF of the series poster.