POSTED: Monday, September 16, 2013 - 6:00am
UPDATED: Monday, September 16, 2013 - 9:57am
BATON ROUGE, LA — Coleman Partners Architects LLC, an architecture firm based in Baton Rouge, and the LSU School of Architecture are sponsoring a lecture by University of Virginia Associate Professor Cammy Brothers on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 4:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Design Building. The lecture is part of the 2013–14 LSU College of Art & Design Lecture Series.
Brothers is the Valmarana Associate Professor of architectural history and director of the Venice Program at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture. Her lecture, “Architecture and Empire in Southern Spain,” is free and open to the public.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Harvard University and Radcliffe Colleges, Brothers earned her master’s degree from the Courtauld Institute at the University of London, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. She was a Fulbright Fellow and a recipient of the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. She has also received fellowships from the Villa I Tatti, Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Dumbarton Oaks and the Center for the Advanced Study of the Visual Arts, where she was a 2010–11 Senior Fellow.
Brothers is the author of “Michelangelo, Drawing, and the Invention of Architecture” (Yale University Press, 2008), which won the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award from the College Art Association and the Alice Davis Hitchcock Award from the Society of Architectural Historians. She is currently working on a book on Giuliano de Sangallo’s drawings of the ruins of Rome.
Brothers’ research and publications focus on architectural drawing, artistic exchange around the Mediterranean, Renaissance theories of architecture and literature and interaction between the practices of painting, architecture and sculpture. Brothers teaches lecture courses on Italian Renaissance and Mediterranean architecture, as well as Rome, Venice and Istanbul. Her seminars have considered topics such as architecture and urbanism in Renaissance Rome; architecture and painting; Venice, ruins in the Renaissance; Renaissance drawing and theory; and methods of architectural history.
In her lecture, Brothers will discuss the construction of new palaces in and around Granada and Seville following the re-conquest of Granada in 1492. The new Christian elite had to develop an architectural language appropriate to their expanded empire in a politically charged environment. The result – a surprising combination of Islamic and Italian modes of building – manifests the collision of style and ideology.
The LSU College of Art & Design Lecture Series expands the learning environment for students by encouraging a spirit of artistic risk-taking through the examples of others, exciting an appetite for thinking and making and nurturing the capacity to create. The lecture series also reaffirms the college’s land-grant mission while increasing cultural capital through service to the Louisiana community through a distinctive public-education program. Since the inception of the lecture series in 1999, the College of Art & Design has hosted more than 164 guest lecturers sponsored by LSU’s schools of architecture, art and landscape architecture, as well as alumni, corporations and generous individuals.