The AMAM marks the quincentenary of the death of Raphael (1483–1520). The artist was praised during his lifetime as the “prince of painters,” but the moniker long obscured his artistic achievements in other modes. We now recognize his role as Rome’s chief architect and a designer in many media.
Yvonne Elet, associate professor of the history of art and architecture at Vassar College, explores Raphael’s program of grand-scale designs that integrated architecture, landscape, sculpture, decoration, gardens, waterworks, urban design, sightlines, and performance. She sketches a new and holistic view of the artist’s importance to Western art and architecture.
This program is funded through the Jantz Lectureship, which honors Harold Jantz ’29, one of Oberlin’s most distinguished literary scholars. Established in 1988, the endowed lectureship supports lectures and symposia related to German literature and literary history, German and American literary relations, art and art history, and bibliophilism.
Lectures and programs are selected on a rotating basis by the Oberlin College Libraries, German department, and Allen Memorial Art Museum.
Galleries remain open until 7:30 p.m., with a reception.