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The James Ford Bell Lecture, featuring Michael Gaudio

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Michael Gaudio

Michael GaudioMichael Gaudio, U of M Professor, Art History, presents the James Ford Bell Lecture ”Speaking Images: The Art of Travel Literature in Early Modern Europe.” Please join us on Thursday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m., at Elmer L. Andersen Library.

The event is free and open to all, but space is limited. Please make a reservation.


About the Lecture

Engraving of the Americas by Theodore de BryAs travel narratives poured off the presses of early modern Europe, publishers enhanced the reader’s experience of the text with printed images. The artists who illustrated these narratives sought to make distant peoples and lands “speak” through their pictures, as they translated the writer’s verbal art into a visual medium. This talk explores a dynamic between sight and sound in the art of early modern travel literature by focusing on two popular and lavishly illustrated publications, Jean de Léry’s “History of a Voyage to the Land of Brazil” (1592) and Casper Barlaeus’s “History of Brazil” (1647).

About Michael Gaudio

Michael Gaudio is Beverly and Richard Fink Professor in Liberal Arts in the Department of Art History at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He is the author of two books on the visual arts and Europe’s encounter with the Americas: “Engraving the Savage: The New World and Techniques of Civilization” (Minnesota, 2008), and “Sound, Image, Silence: Art and the Aural Imagination in the Atlantic World” (Minnesota, 2019).

Event details

What: The James Ford Bell Lecture, ”Speaking Images: The Art of Travel Literature in Early Modern Europe,” presented by Michael Gaudio
When: Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022 at 7 p.m.
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, room 120 and atrium

This event is co-sponsored by the Associates of the James Ford Bell Library.


October 27
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120
222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States
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