Vasari Lecture

Art history students present their own original research

Each year, two art history students (one from Rose Hill and one from Lincoln Center) are selected to serve as “Vasari Lecturers” and present their original research at a spring symposium.

At the symposium, which is open to the Fordham community and guests, winners of the Stark Prize from the previous year also give presentations of their travels.

Named for the 16th century Italian artist/scholar Giorgio Vasari, whose publication The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects (1550; 1568) provided one of the earliest and most influential examples of art historical writing, the Vasari Lectures are where the intellectual diversity of the art history program comes to life. For more than a decade, students have presented on a wide range of research.


Sabrina White, FCLC '19 - "The Union Between Achilles and Patroclus in Ancient Greek Vase Painting"


Michael Sheridan, FCRH '18 - "The Failure of Wright's Triumph"


Gabriella Costa, FCRH '17 - "Ghosts of Chagall: Hauntological Effects in the Good Samaritan Window"


Conner (May) McCallum, FCLC '16 - "Medea's Many Messages: A Reinterpretation of Paulus Bor's The Disillusioned Media."


Amalia Vavala, FCLC '15 - "Tensions of Originality: Bartolomeo Bellano's David with the Head of Goliath"


Audrey Remmert, FCLC ’14 - "Containing the New Woman in Thomas Dewing's A Reading"

Melissa C. Morris, PCSLC ’13 - "Thinking Inside the Box: The Interior of Philip Johnson's Glass House"

Isabella Bustamante, FCLC ’12 - "Yoshitomo Nara and Child as Hero"

Wilson Duggan, FCRH ’12 - "The Big Picture: Vik Muniz's Action Photo I through the Macroscope and the Microscope"

Lauren Toole, FC ’11 - "Image and Ritual: Performativity and Christomimesis in a Flagellation by Spinello Aretino"

Roksana Filipowska , FCRH ’10 - "The Meaning of Candy: on the Multiplicity of Meaning in Felix Gonzales-Torres 1991 Untitled (Revenge)"

Alison Lau, FCRH ’09 - "Jean-Auguste-Dominque Ingres's Odalisque with Slave"

Jack Waldron, FCRH ’08 - "Paul Gauguin: The Conflicted 'Savage' and Nevermore"

Ryan White, FCRH ’07 - "Illuminating Joseph Wright's An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump"

Dana Ferine, FCRH ’06 - "Gustav Klimt and Judith: The Ultimate Femme Fatale"

Martha Clippinger, FCRH ’05 - "The Development of an Artist: Van Gogh and his Portrait of Père Tanguy"

Kerin Anne Sulock, FCRH ‘03 (Fall) - "De Kooning's Woman and Bicycle: Reality in Ambiguity"

Lalaine Mercado, FCRH ’03 - "John Constantine's Salisbury Cathedral with Rainbow"

Carll Wilkinson, FCRH ’02 - "Mark Rothko's No. 10: Interpretative Approaches"

2001 Peter Raho, FCRH ’01 - "The Solomon R.Guggenheim Museum: Frank Lloyd Wright's Culminating Work"

Jennifer McDonnell, FCRH ’00 - "The Consumption Function Illustrated: Edgar Degas's Portraits at the Stock Exchange"

Joss Citrone, FCRH ’99 - "Winslow Homer's Visit from the Mistress'"