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Hospitals have long been known as cold, sterile environments with a fear-inducing reputation. However, in recent years the medical community in the United States has been restructuring healthcare delivery and refocusing on the primary needs of…


Édouard Manet’s painting, Jesus Mocked by the Soldiers was first exhibited with Olympia in 1865. Arguably, the painting was influenced by French literature, the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer, and contemporary medicine. Manet juxtaposes piety…


This thesis explores feminist themes in the films of Peggy Ahwesh, through the lens of feminist philosopher Luce Irigiray.

Methods of appropriation, of developing a feminist/feminine way of communicating, and enactments of death and jouissance are…


A history of the Vorticist avant-garde movement in London from 1914-1919. This paper examines the design, content, and legacy of the Vorticist publication, Blast, which combined art with poetry, prose, and personal essay to develop a correlated…


(Re)contextualizing Art in the Classroom examines our changing relationships with the “art” experienced in class. From Winckelmann’s 18th Century “cult of the original” to today’s digital images, the way that students see and learn from…


This thesis examines the Baroque decoration of three Jesuit churches constructed or redecorated in the second half of the 17th century: Sant'Andrea al Quirinale, Il Gesu, and Sant'Ignazio. It investigates the history of Jesuit patronage and the…


The practice of adorning libraries with uomini illustri—a series of portraits of scholars, poets, or other exemplary figures—dates back to antiquity, and the frequent use of this motif in Renaissance libraries of all types and affiliations was a…


The history of photography in the United States has always been closely associated with the history of the American West. Early developments in the medium coincide chronologically with the claiming of the Frontier, and the resulting images have long…