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This Thursday, November 14 at 2:30 p.m. ArtsCanisius presents guest speaker Dr. Laura Watts Sommer, department director and associate professor of Art History at Daemen College in Grupp/Student Center. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Sommer is an expert on nineteenth-century Italian art and her lecture is entitled “The Pull between Nationalism and Regionalism in Nineteenth-Century Italian Painting.” The struggle between these two approaches manifests particularly in painting between 1840 and 1870, and is well represented in the painting of Francesco Hayez (1791-1882). A review of Hayez’s artistic development which spans the decades before, during and after Unification, demonstrates simultaneously local tendencies and a national iconographic program.

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Submitted by: Ellen Barnum, ArtsCanisius co-director

Francesco Hayez, Il Bacio,1859, oil on canvas. Milan, Pinacoteca di Brera