Museum hosts medieval art lecture

Medieval art scholar Jill Greenwood will present a free lecture, “Crisis, Judgment and Salvation: A Case Study of Reform and Crusading Ideology in the Romanesque Sculptures of Sovana, Italy,” on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

Greenwood will situate a series of images of the Biblical patriarch Abraham in relation to a number of contemporary religious and political events of the late eleventh and early twelfth centuries. The lecture will address support of the papal initiatives such as the Investiture Controversy, the Crusades and protecting Jerusalem from perceived Muslim oppression.

Jill Greenwood is currently a visiting assistant professor of art history at Willamette University. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound and her graduate degrees from the University of Kansas. She has taught at Pacific University, Willamette University, the University of Kansas and the Kansas City Art Institute. Greenwood has served as a curatorial assistant at the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas and is currently studying Romanesque sculptures of Sovana, Italy.

The lecture is supported with by the Hogue-Sponenburgh Lectureship Fund of the Department of Art History with additional support provided by the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. For more information, call (503) 370-6855 or visit