Recorded Wednesday, March 24 2021
The “White, Marmorean Flock:” American Neoclassical Sculptresses in Rome
In the mid-1800s, several American women sculptors were living and working in Rome. Harriet Hosmer settled there first, followed by Edmonia Lewis, Emma Stebbins, and others. They were drawn by the abundant marble, inspiring classical heritage, and surprising lack of societal prejudice.
Rebecca Albiani graduated with highest honors in Italian and Art History from UC Berkeley. She never quite finished her doctoral dissertation on 16th Century Venetian painting at Stanford, but while a graduate student she was granted a Fulbright Scholarship for research in Venice and a Graduate Lecturing Scholarship at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. For the last 15 years or so she given the monthly Art History Lecture Series at the Frye Art Museum, where her topics have ranged from ancient Egypt to Pop Art.
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