Lecturer to talk politics of power, sex in Florentine Renaissance art

“Judith and Holofernes” by Donatello, 1455-1460
“Judith and Holofernes” by Donatello, 1455-1460

Judith Testa, an NIU Presidential Teaching Professor Emerita, will speak at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, on “Webs of Desire and Violence: Power Politics and Sexual Politics in Three Works of Florentine Renaissance Art.”

Part of the 2015-16 Elizabeth Allen Visiting Scholars in Art History series, the presentation will take place in Room 102 of the Visual Arts Building.

Testa was named an NIU Presidential Teaching Professor in 1995. In 2001, she won the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching award from NIU.

She is the author of “Rome is Love Spelled Backward: Enjoying Art and Architecture in the Eternal City,” “Sal Maglie: Baseball’s Demon Barber” and “An Art Lover’s Guide to Florence.”

The Elizabeth Allen Visiting Scholars in Art History series is hosted by the Art History Division and funded in part by the NIU School of Art and Design Visiting Artists and Scholars Program. Talks are free and open to the public.

For more information, email jsmola@niu.edu.

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