The University Record, February 13, 1996

Human figure, manuscript illumination focus of May 27---June 6 Seminar in Florence, Italy

From the Department of History of Art

"The Human Figure in Italian Renaissance Sculpture" and "A History of Manuscript Illumination" will be the focus of activities during the fifth annual May Seminar in Florence, sponsored by the Department of History of Art in collaboration with the Office of International Programs.

This year's program is designed to appeal to U-M friends and alumni of the Department of History of Art as well as to librarians and curators with an interest in or responsibility for historical art collections.

Scheduled for May 27&endash;June 6, the seminar will be held at the Villa Corsi-Salviati, a 16th-century villa in Sesto Fiorentino, six miles from the heart of Florence.

Renaissance sculpture will be addressed by Shelley K. Perlove, U-M-Dearborn associate professor of art history, while manuscript illumination will be presented by Leila R. Avrin, professor in the School of Library, Archives and Information Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Perlove will explore the history of Florentine sculpture, focusing on the representation of the human body, from the late Gothic figures of Andrea Pisano of the 14th century to the mannered creations of Giambologna of the 16th century.

On-site lectures at various locations will be supplemented by evening slide presentations that will pursue issues of conservation, patronage, location, materials, technique and aesthetics.

Arvin will explore the history of manuscript illumination, specifically focusing on early printed books in Renaissance Italy.

The $1,700 fee for the program includes accommodations at the villa for 10 nights, breakfast and dinner at the villa, admissions on organized site visits, transportation to sites, and costs of special lectures and events at the villa. Airfare and transportation to and from the villa are not included.

Those interested in the program should contact Joy Blouin, 20A Tappan Hall; telephone, 763-6114; fax, 747 -4121; e-mail,