Chestertown, MD, November 4, 2005 — Washington College's Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, the French Club, the Department of Art, the Sophie Kerr Committee, and the Campus Events and Visitors Committee present "Chaos and Continuous Creation in Renaissance Art and Literature," a lecture by Michel Jeanneret, Distinguished Professor, University of Geneva and the Johns Hopkins University, Friday, November 18, at 3:30 p.m. in the Casey Academic Center Forum. The event is free, and the public is invited to attend.
While Renaissance art is typically perceived as balanced, harmonious, and motionless, Jeanneret will explore its stranger side in the representation of all things as mobile and unstable. By drawing upon examples such as the Italian gardens, Leonardo da Vinci's sketches, and the masterpieces of Michelangelo and Montaigne, Jeanneret's lecture will emphasize a common fascination with the primitive and a general attraction for mobile shapes and unfinished objects.
A Distinguished Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins, Jeanneret has taught at the University of Geneva, the College de France, the University of Paris-Sorbonne, and Paris 7-Denis Diderot, the Universities of Beijing and Kyoto, and the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. He specializes in the literature and culture of the Renaissance