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On Buttons and Bodies: Dr. Timothy McCall Speaks on Fashion in the Italian Court

This Tuesday, Dec. 4, Timothy McCall, PhD, assistant professor of Art History, will deliver this semester’s final lecture in the Library’s Scholarship@Villanova series. Dr. McCall’s talk is entitled “Buttons forming Bodies: Princely Fashion in Early Renaissance Italy,” and has been developed alongside a remarkable body of scholarship which focuses upon, among other things, Italian Early Modern constructions of gender and sexuality. The scope of the talk will exceed Renaissance Italy, however, and approach ideas about modern fashion and even the relationship between clothes and our own bodies in a contemporary context.

The Scholarship@Villanova series highlights bold publications and research from distinguished faculty members here at Villanova, and Dr. McCall’s work certainly reflects the intellectual rigor and adventurousness which has become a hallmark of this series. His expertise ranges from Medieval and Early Modern Court life to Italian architecture in contemporary film, and his interest in the intersection between visual culture and history places his work at the cutting edge of his field.

The research Dr. McCall will present this Tuesday is part of a larger book project, entitled Brilliant Bodies: Men at Court in Early Renaissance Italy.

The event will be held in room 205 on the second floor of Falvey Memorial Library at 12:00 p.m.  In the tradition of previous Scholarship@Villanova lectures,  it will be free and open to the public.

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Last Modified: November 30, 2012

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