Vernon Minor Lecture: Narrative in the Architecture and Sculpture of Rome's Sant'Agnese in Piazza Navona


Location: 104 Bond Hall

Lecture Summary


The lecture emphasizes the role of narrative in the church of Sant’Agnese and how best to assess and critique the “narratological” elements of the sculptural reliefs. Minor will concentrate on one of those reliefs, “The Stoning of St. Emrentiana,” by Ercole Ferrata.  The lecture begins with an historical account of the church and its sculpture, then moves fairly quickly to a critical reading of the workings of narrative in that space. Minor will be calling upon theories in narrative studies and in the discipline of art history.   




Vernon Minor has taught in the Department of Art and Art History as well at the Department of Humanities and Comparative Literature at the University of Colorado in Boulder.  Currently, he is a Research Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. 

Mr. Minor's books include Passive Tranquillity:  the Sculpture of Filippo della Valle (Philadelphia:  American Philosophical Society, Transactions Series, 1997) Baroque Visual Rhetoric, forthcoming, University of Toronto Press, (Toronto Italian    Studies Series, 2015); The Death of the Baroque and the Rhetoric of Good Taste (New York:  Cambridge University Press, 2006), Baroque & Rococo: Art & Culture (London:  Calmann & King, Ltd, 1999).  This last book has also appeared in a Chinese edition (Guangxi, China:  Guangxi Normal University Press, 2004). His textbook Art History's History (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.:  Prentice Hall; New York: Harry H. Abrams, 1994; 2nd ed., 2000), has also appeared in Japanese, Chinese, Persian (Farsi), and Turkish editions

Because of his work in interdisciplinary humanities and Comparative Literature programs at CU Boulder, Mr. Minor has called upon a wide range of critical strategies in his interpretations of works of art, mostly Italian of the early-modern period (1500-1750).