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“What Becomes a Legend Most? Correggio at the Crossroads of Biography and Style” by Maureen Pelta
Start Date: 2/21/2013Start Time: 5:30 PM
End Date: 2/21/2013

Event Description:
Despite both the relative shortness and obscurity of his career, the Emilian painter Antonio Allegri da Correggio (1489-1534) became one of the most influential artists of his generation, as a painter whose religious works served among the most pre-eminent visual prototypes for Counter-Reformation art in Italy. Yet even the most casual survey of standard art history texts over the last half century, from sweeping works like that of Mrs. Gardner and her ilk to recent editions of more specialized classics like Frederick Hartt’s Italian Renaissance Art, indicates that Correggio’s place in the history of art has not merely dwindled but is in danger of disappearing, altogether. This discussion charts the rise of Correggio’s reputation in 16th- and 17th-century Italy, as well as his recent displacement from the art historical canon, tracing the circumstances of this “disappearance”—his diminishing role in our narrative histories—to ideas developed in 18th-century art criticism and aesthetics. Alumna Maureen Pelta (BA ’75, MA’ 78) is a professor of Renaissance art history and curatorial studies at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. She earned her B.A. in art history and studio art, as well as her M.A. in art history at Temple University, before receiving her Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College.
Location Information:
Main Campus - Anderson Hall
Room: 007
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  • Temple sponsor organization:
    The Department of Art History, Tyler School of Art and University General Activities Fund (GAF).

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