Art History & Art Conservation

Department of Art History & Art Conservation

Art History students make use of the collection at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Professor Gauvin Bailey's class, Caravaggio & Artemisia, ARTH 451, recently took advantage of our connection with the Agnes Etherington to learn about works related to their course. Using the David McTavish Art Study room, with a guest lecture by Dr. Jacquelyn Coutré, Bader Curator/Researcher of European Art at the Agnes, the students viewed work by Elisabetta Sirani, Adam Elsheimer, and Guido Reni. Sirani's work is the first work by a historical European woman artist to enter the Agnes' collection and Reni was her father's teacher. Sirani was a successful female artist who supported her family with her work. She died mysteriously at the age of 27, with some suggesting poison, an ulcer, or perhaps even a "broken heart" as one biographer put it. Professor Bailey first discovered that the Agnes had acquired the Sirani at a meeting of the acquisitions board in September and immediately thought that it would make an ideal class visit since his course deals with Baroque women artists.

Art history and art conservation students are fortunate to have access to the collection at the Agnes, as viewing works of art in person, rather than on a screen, is a valuable educational experience. Thank you Professor Bailey and Dr. Coutré for this opportunity!

students looking at works of art at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Dr. Jacquelyn Coutre lecturing students at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Dr. Bailey speaking about art works with his students

Dr. Bailey lectures on works of art at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Art work by Guido Reni

Student looking at a work of art by Adam Elsheimer

Students looking at a work of art at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Work of art by Elisabetta Sirani

Dr. Coutré and Dr. Bailey at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre