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Renowned art historian is Forsyth lecture speaker

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

FREDERICK, Md.—The use of ancient objects in a new artistic environment is the topic of a lecture by a renowned art historian Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center at Hood College as part of the Forsyth Lecture Series.

Hiltrud Westerman-Angerhausen, director emerita of the Schnütgen-Museum in Cologne, Germany, will give a lecture entitled “Statements of Rank and Sanctity: Spolia in Royal Reliquaries.” She will discuss what political and personal messages medieval rulers conveyed with the intentional use of spolia—objects such as stone carvings, columns, tiles or cameos taken from an older context—in more modern works of art.

The Forsyth lecture on medieval art, organized under the auspices of the International Center of Medieval Art, is given every two to three years by a distinguished scholar of medieval art. Presented at three venues throughout North America, the lecture commemorates the medievalists George H. Forsyth Jr., professor of fine arts and director of the Kelsey Museum of Ancient and Medieval Archaeology at the University of Michigan, and William H. Forsyth, curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This year, in addition to Hood College, Westermann-Angerhausen will visit Hunter College in New York, Boston College and the University of Colorado.

Westermann-Angerhausen studied art history, medieval history and archeology in Münster and Vienna. She was a research scholar for the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, a German research funding organization that supports research in science, engineering and the humanities, before becoming assistant keeper in the Diocesan Museum in Paderborn, Germany. While serving as director of the Museum Schnütgen from 1991 to 2010, she organized numerous major exhibitions.

Westermann-Angerhausen has taught medieval art history at the universities of Münster and Bochum in Germany since 1980. In 2003 she was appointed professor of art history at Seminar für Kunstgeschichte in Düsseldorf, Germany. Her primary research interests include medieval art in the context of cultural history, museology and museum didactics; metalwork, spolia and relics in the context of representational and liturgical arts.

For more information, contact Anne Derbes, professor of art, at (301) 696-3512, or by e-mail at derbes@hood.edu.