Allison R. Miller, assistant professor of art history, gave an invited lecture on January 8th at Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. The talk was entitled, “A Retreat from Naturalism: Re-thinking the Terracotta Warriors of the Han” and was financed with funds from the European Social Fund and the Czech Ministry of Education.
Dr. Patrick Hajovsky, Associate Professor of Art History, gave a lecture at St. Edward’s University on November 21, 2014. His topic was “The Aztec Calendar Stone: Layers of Meaning Then and Now”
Prof. Thomas Howe recently delivered the manuscript of an article which he was invited to contribute to the “Festschrift” (honorary volume) to be delivered upon the retirement of the long-serving restoration architect of the Parthenon in Athens Greece, Monolis Korres, who will be retiring in June 2016. In this article Howe returns to the original topic of his dissertation on the mysterious genius behind the sudden creation of Greek architecture c. 600 B.C. (The Invention of the Doric Order, Harvard Univ. diss. 1985). In the article he builds on recent scholarly work which argues that the first Greek philosophers (e.g. Thales and Anixamander of Miletus, c. 580-550 B.C.) were influenced by the architects of the bold, huge new temples such as the Heraion of Samos (pictured). From this Howe makes the bold argument the first real architects did not rise from the building professions, but were imposed on it from a class of men just like the first philosophers: self-taught “gentlemen” polymaths, who traveled to Egypt and were experienced in politics, war, applied geometry and work-crew management. This was the beginning of the first true “liberal arts” training (called “paideia”) for creative professionals.