Spring 2014

Art and Art History Event Calendar


Life Model Sessions

Every Tuesday Starting February 4

8:30-10:00 PM, Montgomery Hall

Visiting Artist Talk: Kathleen Hall

February 26th, 4:45 PM, Library 321

Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Sachs 


Sarah received her BA in Studio Art from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 2006. In 2008, she received her Masters of Art in Digital Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and in 2009 she received her Masters of Fine Art in Photography and Digital Imaging, also from Maryland Institute College of Art. Through her fine art work, Sarah explores the dichotomy between human and digital memory, how the two influence one another, and how they are affected by natural and technological elements of decay. She hopes to create a dialogue about the relationships between personal memory, society’s collective memory, and collective cultural identity. 

Sarah Sachs Photography


Akiko Hirano, Art History SMP, 2000                Return to SMP Archive Index 
Mentor: Dr. Sandra Underwood

Luca Signorelli: A Painter in Cortona, Italy

Luca Signorelli, Lamentation over the Dead Christ, 1502

Abstract: My St. Mary’s Project focuses on a Renaissance painter called Luca Signorelli, who was born and died in Cortona, Italy, where I studied in the fall semester of 1999.  This project consists of three parts: research on this painter, my analysis of his paintings, and my analysis of his paintings in the context of the experience of living in Cortona.  For my research, I read books and articles on Signorelli before I went to Cortona.  While I was in Cortona, I studied his paintings closely and took notes on the style of these works.  Also, I experienced and learned about Italian culture and observed how the culture and environment of Cortona influenced Signorelli’s paintings.  In my paper, I analyzed three works of Signorelli by each of these methods: formal analysis, iconographic analysis, and contextual interpretation.  For the contextual study, I analyzed his works by comparing his works with my experiences of living in Cortona.  In my conclusion, I assessed how Signorelli’s paintings were influenced by the environment of Cortona.