La Salle University Art Museum is a place of community engagement, educational inquiry, and interdisciplinary exploration - offering visitors of all ages and from all walks of life, opportunities to learn about original artworks, their historical contexts, and their continuing relevance.
The mission of the La Salle University Art Museum is to further the University’s Lasallian educational objectives by helping students, other members of the University community and the general public to experience significant, original works of art in an intimate setting and to place them in meaningful contexts. In addition to acquiring, preserving and exhibiting its collections, the Museum offers viewers an opportunity to sharpen their aesthetic perception and to investigate the interrelationships which emerge between art and other disciplines.
| I have found the works in the Late Medieval and Renaissance Room to be invaluable in getting across some of the basic ideas of medieval religious perspectives, humanism, Florentine notions of mathematical proportion and vanishing point perspective, and the transition to secular portraiture. For its part, the Seventeenth Century Room is ideally set up to introduce ideas of Protestantism, the Counter-Reformation, and the “embarrassment of riches” that marked the Dutch ascendance in world trade and empire.
One of my favorite exercises is to bring the students into the Medieval and Renaissance Room and have them examine two scenes from the Stages of the Cross. The earliest picture, the 14th century Siennese crucifixion painting in which Christ is flanked by Mary and Mary Magdalene nicely pairs nicely with a reading from Pope Innocent III in which he excoriates the sins humankind. This Christ is gruesomely pale, with little attempt at realistic depiction, and heavy on the symbolism and iconography of the characters depicted. The extreme emaciation of Christ also anticipates the grim visions of much post-Black Death art.
Classes toured the Buffoonish Bourgeois exhibition with the exhibition curator.
Curator presented images from the collection dealing with maritime history
Curator regularly presents on Japanese prints.
Curator presented Dutch 17th-century works from the collection.