Carrie Patterson, Chair
Associate Professor of Art
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Alumni Where are they now?
Matthew Fishel (studio art, 2001) completed an MFA at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010. Originally interested in painting, Matthew has expanded his practice to include animation, video, installation, and digital imaging. He is a frequent contributor to RedStarKGB, an ongoing collaboration of filmmakers in Baltimore. His own film, "A Short Film Regarding Possibilities", was selected by the Maryland Film Festival in 2006. See his work at http://www.matthewfishel.com
Luca Signorelli: A Painter in Cortona, Italy
Abstract: My St. Mary’s Project focuses on a Renaissance painter called Luca Signorelli, who was born and died in Cortona, Italy, where I studied in the fall semester of 1999. This project consists of three parts: research on this painter, my analysis of his paintings, and my analysis of his paintings in the context of the experience of living in Cortona. For my research, I read books and articles on Signorelli before I went to Cortona. While I was in Cortona, I studied his paintings closely and took notes on the style of these works. Also, I experienced and learned about Italian culture and observed how the culture and environment of Cortona influenced Signorelli’s paintings. In my paper, I analyzed three works of Signorelli by each of these methods: formal analysis, iconographic analysis, and contextual interpretation. For the contextual study, I analyzed his works by comparing his works with my experiences of living in Cortona. In my conclusion, I assessed how Signorelli’s paintings were influenced by the environment of Cortona.