Michael Grillo

Magister artis historia

History of Art, Photography

Self-Portrait with Calvin 150 dpi Small

Dr. Michael Grillo writes on how Italian fourteenth-century images operate as primary sources that visually articulate ideas inexpressible in any other media, including the verbal realm.

Dr. Grillo received his PhD from Cornell University with a dissertation on Medieval History of Art. He continued this work with his 1997 book, “Symbolic Structures: The Role of Composition in Signalling Meaning in Italian Late Medieval Painting.”  Recent articles include ““Perspective as Structured Memory in the Wake of the Plague”Illuminated Architecture: The Influence of Manuscripts on the Palatine Chapel”, “Broadening the Gene Pool: The Value of the Humanities Future Success”,  and “The David of Michelangelo and Renaissance Neo-Platonism”.  He offers seminars on Fourteenth-Century Epistemology, Medieval and Renaissance Phenomenology, Theory and Practice in Photography, and Documentary Film History, among others.  He is also a practicing photographer, and seeks to explore how aesthetic theories play out directly in application in our world, particularly how photography operates as a cultural specific visual modality.

He directs both the interdisciplinary Medieval and Renaissance Studies minor and the Film and Video minor.

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