MAP IT series: A Modern Old Master? Using Historical GIS to Chart El Greco’s Influence on the French Avant-Garde

Ellen Prokop, (Ph.D.) Associate Photoarchivist at the Frick Art Reference Library and an art historian who specializes in Spanish art of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, will deliver the fifth and LAST lecture in the of the MAP IT | Little Dots, Big Ideas series on Monday, 11 April , at 5.30 PM in the Woodruff Library’s Jones Room, level 3.

MapitElGrecoMany specialists have claimed that El Greco (1541–1614) served as an important source of inspiration for several seminal masters of French nineteenth-century painting, including Paul Cézanne (1839–1906). Yet there is little evidence that these avant-garde artists had the opportunity to study El Greco’s work first-hand. This lecture will outline this scholarly debate and demonstrate how geospatial technologies and analytical techniques offer a compelling means to explore El Greco’s contested legacy and discover new perspectives on the enduring issue of his influence.

Ellen Prokop  is currently preparing two book manuscripts: an overview of the collecting and exhibition history of Bartolomé Murillo, El Greco, and Diego de Velázquez and an annotated translation of Fray Juan Ricci’s artistic treatise of ca. 1660, La pintura sabia. Her articles are published and forthcoming inThe Hispanic Research Journal and The Journal of the History of Collections. During her doctoral studies at New York University she held a Theodore Rousseau Fellowship from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a research grant from the Fundación Carolina, Centro de Estudios Hispánicos e Iberoamericanos, and a Lila Acheson Wallace Fellowship from the university. Her post-doctoral research has been supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses at New York University and Hunter College, City University of New York. Prokop is the editor of “Discoveries in the Photoarchive.”

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Emory Report’s coverage of the series:And here is a link to the Emory Report’s coverage of the series: http://news.emory.edu/stories/2016/01/er_take_note_digital_mapping_series/campus.html