University of Oregon

Department of the History of Art and Architecture

Sally Claire Haseltine Endowed Lecture

Fabio Barry
Assistant Professor, Stanford University

Thursday, January 26, 2017
5:30 p.m.
Lawrence Hall, Room 115

A Matter of Life and Death: Antonio Gherardi’s Chapel for the Avilas

“The tomb chapel that Antonio Gherardi designed for Francesco Avila in the late 1670’s is one of the great experiments of the Roman baroque. In his design, nature, architecture and sculptural decoration come together to articulate a complex and thrilling theological agenda. Light is a key element in both a sensual and a symbolic way, as angels descend from a blazing heaven to bring to earth the New Jerusalem that the prophets had foretold.

In this talk, Fabio Barry, Assistant Professor of Art and Art History at Stanford University and a tour de force speaker, offers a new reading of the Avila Chapel, setting the monument within a rich cultural and philosophical context.”

chapel ceiling