An Old Perspective: Analyzing and Interpreting Manuscript Text and Image
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About the Event
We are proud to annouce a guest star this week: Sean Hayes is a fencing master trained in classical Italian fencing pedagogy under Dr. William M. Gaugler at the San Jose State University Fencing Masters Program, graduating in 1999. Hayes is a full-time teacher and practitioner of Medieval and Renaissance Italian Martial Arts, teaching six centuries of Italian martial arts privately through his own school, Northwest Fencing Academy, in Eugene, Oregon.
More about his lecture:
Gothic art didn’t employ linear perspective. The primary purpose of art had for centuries been historical commemoration or religious instruction, where "realism" wasn’t considered important.
Artists working in a new genre, depicting physical instruction would take centuries to fully develop their techniques. We will explore how to interpret their efforts in the pseudo-realism of one the earliest illustrated fencing manuscripts, il Fior di Battaglia (1409), to understand what the art can, and cannot, tell us.