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Megan Holmes to give Kress Lecture on "New Perspectives on the Reception of Florentine Panel Painting: Interpreting Scratch Marks"

The lecture will explore an understudied feature of Florentine Renaissance panel paintings: evidence of the intentional scratching, with a sharp implement, of the pictorial figuration and imagery.

Marvin Eisenberg, art historian, dies at age 93

Eisenberg's publications, teaching, lectures, and distinguished service formed a legacy which continues to enrich the university and the field of art history.

One of the three largest departments of art history in North America with specialists covering every major continent, Michigan has ranked among the top art history doctoral programs nationally. The department traces its origins to 1910, and has been home to some of the most distinguished scholars in the field. In keeping with this long tradition, we encourage interdisciplinary work to take advantage of the University’s great strengths across fields, including anthropology, archaeology, philosophy, film studies, women’s studies, area studies, and law.  


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