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Lecture to celebrate Mary Pardo: Patricia Simons, University of Michigan

November 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Tintoretto, Susanna and the Elders, 1555-1556

Please join us in celebration of the retirement of Mary Pardo and her 34 years on the faculty of the Department of Art and Art History

For the occasion, Patricia Simons, Professor Emerita of the History of Art, University of Michigan, will present:
“Allegory and Pleasure, Virtue and Voyeurism: the visual dynamics of Susanna and the Elders” 

November 12, 2019, 6:00 pm
121 Hanes Art Center
Reception to follow

Patricia Simons’ scholarly interests include the art of Renaissance Europe (primarily Italy, France and the Netherlands) with a special focus on the representation of gender and sexuality and interdisciplinary research on materiality, visuality and material culture. Her work, published in anthologies and peer-review journals like Art HistoryRenaissance Quarterly, and Renaissance Studies, has investigated such issues as portraiture as a mode of fictive representation, medical discourse in relation to visual culture, the representation and reception of homoeroticism, and metaphors both visual and textual (literary or “popular”).  It is distinguished for its combination of rigor and innovation, as well as for analyzing the breadth of visual and material culture, from badges to maiolica, anatomical illustration to erotic prints, life-size sculpture to canonical oil paintings and frescoes.

Associate Professor Mary Pardo earned her PhD at the University of Pittsburgh, concentrating on Art Criticism and Theory of the Italian Renaissance. Throughout her career, she has been continuously intrigued by word and image relationships, a theme that has influenced many of her academic projects, including her current study of relations between images of love, and art in religious worship during the Renaissance. Among the topics Dr. Pardo has written on, Venetian art and culture have been explored in several ways including the comparison of poetry and painting in connection with the Venetian Renaissance. She has also published on the topic of the art and theory of Leonardo da Vinci.

Note about changes to weeknight parking: The weeknight parking program began on campus August 15, 2019. A weeknight or daytime permit is now required after 5:00pm on weekdays. There is no permit required from 5:00pm Friday through 7:30am Monday. A $1.00 one-night pass is available in selected lots. More information can be found HERE.


November 12, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Victoria L. Rovine


121 Hanes Art Center
121 E Cameron Ave
CHAPEL HILL, 27514 United States
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