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Release: Feb. 2, 2001

Symposium on 19th-century French Culture will be at UI Feb. 8-9

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History and the department of French and Italian will join forces to present an interdisciplinary symposium, "Interarts Dialogue in 19th-Century French Culture," Thursday and Friday, Feb. 8 and 9, on the UI campus.

Beth S. Wright, a professor of art history at the University of Texas at Arlington will present the keynote lecture, "‘Painting Thoughts’ and a ‘Mental Theatre’: Delacroix’s Depiction of Romantic Literature," at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in Room E109 of the UI Art Building.

Four lectures will be presented in the Museum of Art during the afternoon on Friday, Feb. 9:

-- at 3 p.m., Christopher M.S. Johns of the UI and the University of Virginia will speak on "Canova and the Catholic Revival in Early 19th Century France";

-- at 3:30 p.m. UI faculty member Jack Johnson will speak on "Stendhal and Romantic Sculpture";

-- at 4 p.m. UI faculty member Wendelin Guentner will present "Sketching Women; Women Sketching in 19th-Century French Prose Fiction": and

-- at 4:30 p.m. Iowa State University faculty member Marie Lathers will present "‘Forgotten in a Corner’: Artists’ Models in 19th-Century Paris."

The lectures will be followed by a reception in the Museum of Art. All events in the symposium are free and open to the public.

Wright specializes in 18th-century and 19th-century French art. She has published articles in scholarly journals and is the editor of the forthcoming "Cambridge Companion to Delacroix," to be published this spring as part of the Cambridge Companion to the History of Art series.

Wright received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the publication of her earlier book, "Painting and History During the French Restoration: Abandoned by the Past." The influential scholarly journal 18th-Century Studies described the book as "an exciting, persuasive and original interpretation of the interrelationship between historical writings and historical paintings," and concluded: "This excellent interdisciplinary study makes a very significant contribution to cultural history as well as art history."

The School of Art and Art History and the department of French and Italian are part of the UI College of Liberal Arts. The symposium is supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research, the College of Liberal Arts and International Programs.

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