George Bent Sidney Gause Childress Professor of the Arts, Washington and Lee

Talk Title: Picturing Morality in the Markets of Medieval Florence
Tuesday, November 1, 12:00 p.m.
Hillel Multipurpose Room

George Bent is the Sidney Gause Childress Professor of the Arts in the Department of Art and Art History at Washington and Lee University. A member of the Washington and Lee faculty since 1993, Bent focused his early scholarly work on artistic production, the function of liturgical images, and institutional patronage in early Renaissance Florence. He is the author of the 2006 volume "Monastic Art in Lorenzo Monaco's Florence." His current research interests revolve around paintings produced for public spaces in Florence between 1250 and 1450. His most recent book, "Public Painting and Visual Culture in Early Republican Florence," will be published by Cambridge University Press in the fall of 2016.

Bent has received two Fulbright Scholarships for study in Italy and two Mednick Grants from the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges.

At Washington and Lee, he served as associate dean of the College from 2003 through 2006 and has chaired both the East Asian Studies and Medieval and Renaissance Studies programs in addition to the Department of Art and Art History.

Bent received his bachelor's degree in history from Oberlin College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in the history of art from Stanford University.

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