On Tuesday, March 20, Professor Bronwen Wilson will present a public lecture at 7 pm in WJB G40: “The Itinerant Artist and the Islamic Urban Prospect: Guillaume-Joseph Grélot’s Self-portraits in Ambrosio Bembo’s Travel Journal (1675),” as part of the Thursby Visiting Scholars Lecture Series.
Professor Wilson teaches Renaissance and early modern art in the UCLA Department of Art History. Her research interests include the histories of Venetian art, of urban culture in Renaissance Italy and early modern Europe, and of European perceptions of the Ottoman Turks. Her recently-completed book, The Face of Uncertainty, investigates increasing doubt about the trustworthiness of the human face and accompanying artistic experimentation with physiognomy, animals, and sensation in Northern Italy. The moving image is the subject of her current study, “Inscription and the Horizon in Early Modern Mediterranean Travel Imagery,” which brings to the fore innovative uses of media and ways in which diverse temporal experiences were materialized in visual forms.
Professor Wilson’s publications include The Erotics of Looking: Netherlandish Visual Culture, co-edited with Angela Vanhaelen (2013); “Social Networking: The Album Amicorum and Early Modern Public-making,” in Oltre la sfera pubblica/ Beyond the Public Sphere: Opinions, Publics, Spaces in Early Modern Europe, edited by Massimo Rospocher (2012); “Bedroom Politics: The Vexed Spaces of Late Medieval Public Making” in Publicity and Privacy in Early Modern Europe, History Compass 10, 9 (2012); and The World in Venice: Print, the City, and Early Modern Identity (2005), winner of the Roland H. Bainton Prize for Art History in 2006.