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Krista Gulbransen: Visiting Assistant Professor Krista Gulbransen is co-curating an exhibition at the Fralin Museum of Art (at the University of Virginia) entitled “Realms of Earth and Sky: Indian Painting from Southeastern Collections, 1400-1850” along with Dr. Daniel J. Ehnbom, Associate Professor at the University of Virginia.  The exhibition, opening in August 2014, will showcase the museum’s masterpieces of Indian painting with selected loans from private collections.  Krista is currently researching and writing portions of a catalogue to accompany this exhibition.  Themes such as the stylistic relationship between Mughal and Rajput painting, the function of book illustration in South Asia, and iconography will all be explored in this publication.

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Attributed to Sahibdin Udaipur, India
Leaf from the Rasikapriya of Keshava Dasa: Krishna as the ideal hero and lover circa 1630-1635
The Fralin Museum of Art 2003.1
Sahibdin Udaipur

Mimi Hellman: Associate Professor Mimi Hellman is working on a book about the hôtel de Soubise, an aristocratic residence in 18th-century Paris whose rococo interior, now partly restored and open to the public, which figures prominently in the art-historical canon but is rarely studied as an expression of aesthetic and social values.  Mimi’s project explores how architecture and interior decoration negotiated the unstable dynastic identity of a family who aspired to an unusual, often contested status in the hierarchy of French court society.
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Salon at the hôtel de Soubise, Paris, 1739.  Decorative scheme designed by Germain Boffrand; paintings by Charles-Joseph Natoire.  Photo: Mimi Hellman.

Penny Jolly artwork


Penny Jolly: Professor of Art History Penny Jolly’s book, Picturing the “Pregnant” Magdalene in Northern Art, 1430-1550: Addressing and Undressing the Sinner-Saint, is currently in press, but she will produce the Index for it this summer.  After completing a book review of a collection of essays focused on the Magdalene in the 14th through 17th centuries, she will launch a new project involving Renaissance dress.

Image caption: Rogier van der Weyden, Mary Magdalene from the Braque Triptych, ca. 1452 (Paris, The Louvre).

Rogier van der Weyden