Modeling Roman Villas: How reconstruction choices influence understanding

For UNC Department of Classics professor Hérica Valladares’ Fall 2016 course on Roman Architecture, I decided to focus on how the type of model researchers choose to represent and recreate Roman Villas influence the conclusions they’re capable of or likely to find.  Continue reading “Modeling Roman Villas: How reconstruction choices influence understanding”

Use and Experience of the Sacred Writings Contained Within Pocket Gospels of Early Medieval Ireland

For UNC Art Department professor Dorothy Verkerk’s Fall 2016 course Early Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts, Professor Verkerk requested that each student select a pre-1100 manuscript of any region upon which to focus.  Compelled by the portability and intimate style of the Irish pocket gospels, I chose to investigate how readers of the time might have interacted with and understood the Irish pocket gospels.  Continue reading “Use and Experience of the Sacred Writings Contained Within Pocket Gospels of Early Medieval Ireland”

Social Art History Analysis of Ackland Museum Export Porcelain Plate

UNC Department of Art Professor (and current head of department) Carol Magee required her Fall 2015 Art Historical Methods students to write an analysis of one of the objects in the Ackland Art Museum’s displayed collections using one of the methods covered over during term.  As a trainee in social art history and the study of material cultures since undergraduate, my natural inclination was towards an object rich in contextual information, as well as elegant execution.  This led me to select the Qianlong porcelain plate (accession number 2011.19) pictured above. The photograph is drawn from the Ackland’s online collection and reproduced here under the principle of Fair Use. Continue reading “Social Art History Analysis of Ackland Museum Export Porcelain Plate”