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A New Approach To The Restoration Of Cimabue’S Santa Croce Crucifix, Isaac Messina May 2014

A New Approach To The Restoration Of Cimabue’S Santa Croce Crucifix, Isaac Messina

Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects

On November 4, 1966 floodwaters submerged Cimabue’s late thirteenth-century Santa Croce Crucifix in Florence and stripped off nearly half of its original paint. Soon regarded as a key symbol of the flood’s catastrophic effects on the city’s rich artistic legacy, the crucifix was carefully conserved, but no attempts were made to hide the extensive scars left by the disaster. Instead, lead conservators Umberto Baldini and Ornella Casazza adopted an abstract approach to filling the work’s loss that claimed to honor the flood while providing a seamless viewing experience for the contemporary audience. This thesis shows that ...


Illuminating Exclusion: Constructions Of National Identity In The Washington National Cathedral's Stained Glass Windows, Maggie T. Gleason May 2011

Illuminating Exclusion: Constructions Of National Identity In The Washington National Cathedral's Stained Glass Windows, Maggie T. Gleason

Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects

The Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. offers itself as a national monument and spiritual center for the American people. Thousands of tourists and worshipers visit the Cathedral every year to admire its Neo-Gothic style architecture, stained glass windows, hand-carved sculpture and the general splendor of the massive medieval-inspired structure. I argue that the imagery and iconography of this ornamentation presents American national identity as white and Christian, an ideal that is cultivated through the exclusion and domination of minority racial groups and alternative belief systems in the Cathedral’s decorative program, through the stained glass windows.

In order ...


The Intercultural Ancients: A Mock Exhibit Exploring The Cross-Cultural Influences In The Representation Of Women In Ancient South Asian And Ancient Mediterranean Art, Roshni Bhambhwani May 2010

The Intercultural Ancients: A Mock Exhibit Exploring The Cross-Cultural Influences In The Representation Of Women In Ancient South Asian And Ancient Mediterranean Art, Roshni Bhambhwani

Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects

This project is a mock-exhibit which explores the existence the crosscultural diffusion between the early people of the Mediterranean (from the Balkan Peninsula to the Syrian coast) and South Asia (from Afghanistan to Bhutan). The components of the project are an exhibition catalog and 3D exhibition design. Although there is substantial evidence of ancient contacts between the Aegean (Balkan Peninsula, Crete, Cyclades) and the Near East (Syria, South Turkey, Eastern Iraq, Western Iran) and South Asia and the Near East, there is little scholarship in the evidence-scarce topic of communication between the Aegean and South Asia. This exhibit broaches this ...


Backwards Romanticism Or A Glimpse Of The Future? The Visual Language Of Reactionary Modernism In National Socialist Landscape Painting, Jennifer A. Gramer May 2010

Backwards Romanticism Or A Glimpse Of The Future? The Visual Language Of Reactionary Modernism In National Socialist Landscape Painting, Jennifer A. Gramer

Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects

In 1935, two years prior to the opening of the House of German Art in Munich, Adolf Hitler declared the following during a speech to the German people in Nuremberg:

“Art, precisely because it is the most direct and faithful emanation of the Volksgeist, constitutes the force that unconsciously models the mass of the people in the most active fashion, on condition that this art is a sincere reflection of the soul and temperament of a race and is not a deformation of it.”

Numerous scholars have noted the importance and necessity of art in the creation and molding of ...


Determining Authorship Of The Virgin Of The Rocks: A Botanical Study, Christina J. Tripi May 2008

Determining Authorship Of The Virgin Of The Rocks: A Botanical Study, Christina J. Tripi

Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects

On April 25, 1483 Leonardo da Vinci and Evangelista and Ambrogio de’ Predis, signed a contract with the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception in Milan. The artists were commissioned to complete a painting for the Confraternity’s chapel in the Church of San Francesco Grande. While there are two existing paintings associated with this contract--one version in the Louvre and one in the National Gallery--it remains a mystery which painting results from the commission.

Art historians generally agree that the Louvre version is entirely by the hand of Leonardo. Unfortunately, nothing is known of its history before the year 1625 ...


Landscaping Helen Frankenthaler, Morgan Ridler May 2006

Landscaping Helen Frankenthaler, Morgan Ridler

Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects

There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality. There’s no danger then, anyway, because the idea of the object will have left an indelible mark. It is what started the artist off, excited his ideas, and stirred up his emotions. Ideas and emotions will in the end be prisoners in his work. Whatever they do, they can’t escape from the picture. They form an integral part of it, even when their presence is no longer discernible. — Picasso1 Helen Frankenthaler is an Abstract Expressionist painter who seems to ...