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Pictures are Words: Sacred Images East and West
June 5, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am EDT
Although “icon” is a common word today, its meaning is generally restricted to technological or marketing contexts. But until recently the word described a sacred image associated with Orthodox Christianity. This talk by Professor William Hood addresses the difference between the Western and Eastern Christian understanding of sacred images. William Hood is a world renowned art historian. From 1974 to 2007, Professor Hood taught at Oberlin College, where he held the endowed Mildred C. Jay professorship in art history. He is currently teaching art history seminars at the New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, where he completed his doctoral studies. Professor Hood’s research interests center around Italian Renaissance art, as well as the art of 17th and 18th century France, Italy, and Spain. He has published on a variety of subjects in Renaissance and Baroque art. His most famous publication is the award-winning Fra Angelico at San Marco.