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Aug. 25, 2006

Christopher Johns Will Present Art History Lecture Sept. 6

Christopher M. S. Johns, the Norman and Roselea Goldberg Professor of History of Art and chair of the department of history of art at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., will speak on "Papal Rome and European Enlightenment: Antiquity, Neoclassicism and the Problem of ancien régime Modernity" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, in Room 116 of Art Building West, the new art building on the University of Iowa campus.

Johns' lecture will be free and open to the public.

Johns has published books on the art patronage of Pope Clement XI Albani and Antonio Canova and wrote the introductory essay for the exhibition catalogue "Art in Rome in the Eighteenth Century." At present, he is preparing a book-length manuscript titled "Papal Art and Catholic Enlightenment: The Cultural Patronage of Clement XII and Benedict XIV." He is past president of the Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture and is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome.

Johns received a bachelor's degree from Florida State University, and both his master's and doctorate from the University of Delaware.

The School of Art and Art History is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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