December 1, 2011 — Cammy Brothers, guest curator at the University of Virginia Art Museum, will give a Lunchtime Talk on the museum's exhibition, "Variety, Archeology, and Ornament: Renaissance Architectural Prints from Column to Cornice," on Dec. 6, from noon to 1 p.m.
The exhibition reevaluates the role of ornament and a series of architectural prints in the development of the concept of the five orders of architecture between approximately 1515 and 1550. It demonstrates the crucial role such prints played in the transition from manuscript to printed architectural treatises during the 16th century, thus defining Renaissance architecture and fixing the image of antiquity down to the age of the Enlightenment.
Brothers is the Valmarana Associate Professor of Architectural History at U.Va.'s School of Architecture, specializing in Italian Renaissance architecture. Her book, "Michelangelo, Drawing, and the Invention of Architecture" (Yale University Press, 2008), won the 2010 Charles Rufus Morey Book Award from the College Art Association and the Alice Davis Hitchcock Award from the Society of Architectural Historians.
She has received fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the American Academy in Rome, the Villa I Tatti and the Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies. She is currently working on a book on Giuliano da Sangallo and the culture of ruins, and on architectural exchange between Italy and southern Spain.
"Variety, Archeology, and Ornament: Renaissance Architectural Prints from Column to Cornice" is on view through Dec. 18.
The museum's Lunchtime Talks offer the opportunity to join curators and faculty as they explore topics related to museum collections and exhibitions.
Lunchtime Talks are free and open to the public. For information, call 434-243-2050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The museum is open free to the public Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m., and is located at 155 Rugby Road, one block from the Rotunda.