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Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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The Loaded Brush: Interpreting Texture in Venetian Renaissance Painting

Thursday, June 18, 2009, 12:30 p.m.

Dean’s Conference Room, Room 132
College of Arts & Sciences, 685 Commonwealth Avenue

Renaissance painters represented the natural world as though the painting itself were a window, preserving the illusion by minimizing any indications that pictures were handmade objects. In the 16th century, however, painters in Venice began to compromise this standard by flaunting the materials and work involved in their art.

Join Jodi Cranston in considering the evolution of thick brushwork within the artistic milieu of Renaissance Venice and its influence on subsequent painters, including Rembrandt, Rubens, and Cezanne.

Professor Jodi Cranston

Professor Cranston is an associate professor and the director of undergraduate studies in the Art History department at Boston University, where she has taught for seven years. She received her BA in Renaissance Studies from Yale University and her PhD in Art History, as well as an MA and MPhil, from Columbia University.

Professor Cranston is the author of The Poetics of Portraiture in the Renaissance (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and several articles in interdisciplinary Renaissance publications. She is currently completing a book on materiality in Titian’s later paintings. The American Council of Learned Societies has awarded her the Charles Ryskamp Fellowship.