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UI Museum of Art offers 'Art of the Month' minicourse on 19th-century prints

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Art of the Month, a mini-course presented by the University of Iowa Museum of Art, will get under way for the spring semester 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 in the museum.

Jessica Locheed and Missy Gaido Allen, doctoral students in the UI School of Art and Art History, will jointly conduct the four-series program, "Love, Death and Despair: An Exploration of 19th-Century Romantic Prints from the Permanent Collection." Remaining sessions will be held once per month, on Saturdays March 14, April 18 and May 9.

Participation in the course is open to the public free of charge. New participants are welcome at each Art of the Month session.

The course will make use of the museum's extensive print collection to explore various facets of 19th-century romantic prints, including the intended audience of the artworks, the unusual use of violence and death in religious and romantic works, and the unique conception of the artist that emerged from 19th-century France.

In addition to introducing the course's overall themes, the first session, "'Til Death Do Us Part . . . An Exploration of the Tragedy and Triumph of Romantic Love," will examine several prints that depict traditional religious and romantic themes in a non-traditional manner. Among the works discussed will be prints depicting Saint Anthony, which focus on the death and despair involved in martyrdom.

Locheed said, "We are used to seeing saints represented as pious and devout, but these prints are very dark and violent, and they allow us to focus on why it was appropriate to do religious themes and love themes in such a macabre way."

Works discussed throughout the course will be romantic prints from France, Spain, Italy and Germany. All of the prints are from the UI Museum of Art's permanent collection.

Later sessions in the course will continue to explore aspects of the prints' unique approach to love and religion, including the artist's role in choosing themes and an examination of the works of Francisco Goya and Giovanni Battista Piranesi.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive, and adjacent to the UI Alumni Center.