The blog of the Bellarmine Museum, the Visual Resources Center, and the Art History Program


Dr. Katherine Schwab Quoted in National Geographic on Caryatids in Acropolis Museum


Katherine Schwab, an art history professor at Fairfield University, was quoted in an article in National Geographic magazine online regarding the conservation of the Caryatid statues in the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece. Dr. Schwab’s latest research is on these sculpture’s intricate hair braiding that indicate who these maidens were in society 2,500 years ago. “For the first time in history, everyone can see them up close, and from all sides,”says Dr. Schwab. Now, museum goers have the opportunity to come face to face with the caryatid’s cleaning process and see what these sculptures once looked like when they were first viewed in Ancient Greece.

2014 Art History Prize Awarded

The Mary Louise Larrabee Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Art History was awarded to Julie Takvor042814_CAS_Awards_83 (2)ian.

Fairfield Art History Alum and Adjunct Professor Wins Rome Prize


Read this exciting news about Michelle diMarzo at News@Fairfield


Dr. Eliasoph Honors Class Visit

Dr Philip Eliasoph’s Honors class on New York City Cultural History interacts with
Ms Donna Williams — Chief of Community Affairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 2013.

New! Visual Arts Administration Concentration




Dr. Philip Eliasoph’s Honors Class…viewing artworks with Charlene Shang Miller, Curator for University Groups, at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT.

The Art History program, in collaboration with Dolan School of Business, announces a new concentration for students interested in careers in museums, art galleries, non-profit arts organizations, and auction houses. The interdisciplinary major includes classes in art history, museum theory, grant-writing, management, and an internship at a New York City or local venue. Fairfield students have held internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Rubin Museum of Art (NYC), the Westport Art Center, Visual AIDS, the Fairfield Museum and Historical Society, and the Bellarmine Museum of Art on campus, among others. Through this concentration, students will gain theoretical background, skills, and experience. For information, contact Art History Program Director, Dr. Marice Rose 203 254 4000 ext. 3240

A Summer Experience in Athens


Kaitlyn Butler (’14), majoring in Communication and Art History, is in Greece for an intensive summer study program with College Year in Athens.  Here she is at the Acropolis Museum in the Parthenon Gallery with Dr. Katherine Schwab (Art History). Dr. Schwab’s drawings, on permanent display at the museum, are underneath the relief sculptures and reconstruct their original appearances. Kaitlyn is taking a course on the Archaeology of Greece, which has given her the chance to travel throughout the country. This experience was made possible thanks to the Visual and Performing Arts Department Larrabee grant.

Irish Deputy Consul General visits Irish Objects at Bellarmine Museum of Art

On April 8, Peter Ryan, Deputy Consul General  for Economic & Public Affairs at the Consulate General of Ireland, New York, visited the Bellarmine Museum of Art and viewed the Irish electrotypes, as part of a day also spent speaking in Economics and Irish Politics classes. In photo: Consul Ryan, Jim Fitzpatrick (Assistant Vice President of Administration and Student Affairs),  Madeline Minnerly (Student Affairs), Marice Rose (Art History ProgrIMG_2616am Director)

Dr. Katherine Schwab’s Caryatid Hairstyling Project Film to be Shown in Athens

March 14, 2013 at the Kore_B_8eArchaeological Film Evening in Athens, Greece.  17:00-22:00.  Free and open to the public.

Presented by the Archives of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Fairfield University, and AGON

The link provides the schedule as well as a link to watch it livestreamed—10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., EST.

Dr. Katherine Schwab will present “How to Look Like a Greek Goddess” to teens at Wilton Public Library

Ever wanted to look like a Greek goddess? It’s all in the hair! Teens in grades 6 – 12 will learn about the ancient art of hair braiding and the Caryatid hairstyles found on the maiden statues in the Anthenian Acropolis. A short documentary will be shown and then Dr. Katherine Schwab (Art History Professor, and Curator of the Plaster Casts at the Bellarmine Museum of Art) will give a presentation while professional hair stylist, Milexy Torres, demonstrates braiding techniques and provides tips on how you can do this too. March 3, 2013 at the Wilton Public Library, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Free and open to the public, reservations suggested.Kore_E_28e

Dr. Elisaoph’s class visits Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise

Dr. Philip Eliasoph is in Florence teaching Art History 130 – Early Renaissance in Italy for the January 2013 intersession. He took his class to see the  Lorenzo Ghiberti Gates of Paradise panels which after an exhaustive  cleaning and restoration are in the Museo dell Opera del Duomo in all their breathtaking glory!

Irish Art Class Experiences Manuscripts

Students in Dr. Marice Rose’s Medieval Irish Art seminar recently had the unique opportunity to see and handle books related to their studies in Fairfield’s DiMenna-Nyselius Library, and then apply what they learned to authentic medieval manuscripts during a trip to an exhibition at New York City’s  Jewish Museum.

Students examine Fairfield's own facsimile of the Book of Kells.

Archivist Elise Bochinski demonstrates Fairfield's copy of the St. John's Bible (

Kaitlyn Butler, Class of 2015: “Being able to physically turn the pages of the books and to admire the dedication of these monks gave me a greater appreciation for these works. These events truly enhanced our learning experience in a way that may not have been encountered within a classroom.”

Seminar students at the Jewish Museum, before visiting the exhibition of ancient books "Crossing Borders: Manuscripts From the Bodleian Libraries"

Kelsey McGettigan, Class of 2014: “I feel so lucky that we were able to see manuscripts that are never going to be that easily accessible again.”


Art History Majors Abroad

Two Art History majors, spending their Junior spring studying in Florence, Italy found their way to the British Museum in London during their spring break.

Senior Seminar has Private Tour at Met Museum

Seniors in the Senior Seminar on a private tour at the Metropolitan Museum with American Art curator…..followed by one hour question and answer session with Senior VP Harold Holzer, MMA Communications Director.

 Advance inside scoop:  Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party”is coming next year with a full tilt “re-creation” of all the Impressionistera costumes – clothing as a kind of living “tableau” —ummm,  Pop culture? The shadow of Alexander McQueen’s “Savage Beauty” lives on !

Dr. Schwab’s “Caryatid Hairstlying Project” Film Selected for Festival

Schwab’s film, the Caryatid Hairstyling Project will be shown at the 9th International Meeting of Archaeological Film of the Mediterranean Area… and beyond  in Athens, May 7-13, 2012. Click  here for more information and to see the list of films that will be screened at this meeting.

“From Codex to Kindle: The Art and History of the Book” exhibitions opening on March 22nd

Last semester, the executive director of the Pequot Library (and adjunct professor at Fairfield University) Dr. Daniel Snydacker, taught a class on the history of the book. As a final project for this course students had to chose a set of books from the special collections of the Pequot Library to research, and prepare a “Book Biography” for each object.  A book biography describes where, when and how the book was produced. Those selections and the accompanying biographies form the basis for an exhibition on view at the Pequot Library and at the DiMenna-Nyselius Library at Fairfield University March 22nd through March 31st . There are a total of 17 rare and beautiful books on display at the two libraries, and a reception at both libraries will begin at the Di-Menna Nyselius at 4 p.m. on the 22nd and continue at the Pequot – visitors can enjoy the exhibition and light refreshments.

Dr. Katherine A. Schwab named “Hellene of the Year”


Students participating in the "Caryatid Hairstyling Project."

Dr. Schwab received the “Hellene of the Year” from AHEPA (The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association) in October. There is a wonderful story in the new issue of Fairfield University Magazine describing this honor, and the remarkable body of work that Schwab is being honored for. Read the story here. She is also being honored with  the Paideia Award, this Saturday March 24 in Hartford as part of the state’s celebration of Greek Independence Day.

National Gallery of Art Unveils NGA IMAGES – Open Access Images from the Collection



WASHINGTON, DC, March 16, 2012-The National Gallery of Art announces the launch today of NGA Images, a new online resource that revolutionizes the way the public may interact with its world-class collection at This repository of digital images documenting the National Gallery of Art collections allows users to search, browse, share, and download images believed to be in the public domain.

“As the Gallery marks its 71st anniversary, it is fitting that we introduce NGA Images and an accompanying open access policy, which underscore the Gallery’s mission and national role in making its collection images and information available to scholars, educators, and the general public,” said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art. “In turn this supports research, teaching, and personal enrichment; promotes interdisciplinary research; and nurtures an appreciation of all that inspires great works of art.”

Many of the open access images have been digitized with the generous support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Anthony Riccio Gives Gallery Talk at Bellarmine Museum

Cesarina Russo Riccio Looking Out on Fairmont Avenue, 1981

Join us at the museum on Monday, March 19th at 5:00 p.m. for a gallery talk with artist, author and oral-historian Anthony Riccio. He will tell some of the stories behind his photographs, including several about his grandmother, Cesarina, who is pictured above.

Dr. Philip Eliasoph’s Senior Seminar Visits the Wadsworth Athenaeum

The Senior Seminar visited the Conservation Lab and were illuminated by a presentation by Ulrich Birkmaier, Acting Chief Conservator, as well as by conversations with numerous curators during a jammed packed visit to the Wadsworth Athenaeum.

Family Drop-In Day at the Bellarmine Museum of Art, Second Saturday, March 12th

The next Family Drop-In Day at the Bellarmine Museum is on Saturday, March 12th from noon – 5 pm.

Farnsworth Munsell 100 Hue Test – Test Your Color Acuity On-Line

 According to the X-Rite website, “The Farnsworth-Munsell 100 Hue Test itself is used to separate persons with normal color vision into classes of superior, average and low color discrimination and to measure the zones of color confusion of color defective people.”

Take the X-Rite online color challenge


Dr. Jill Deupi wins Kress Foundation History of Art Grant

©Fairfield University, The Bellarmine MuseumDr. Jill Deupi has received a grant from the Samuel Kress Foundation to do research on the 10 Kress Collection paintings that will be installed in the Bellarmine Museum, and to devise and conduct a targeted workshop for Fairfield University faculty members to introduce participants to the Kress paintings in all their particulars, from provenance to iconography. The hope is that this workshop will empower faculty to engage with these works in a substantive way, while simultaneously providing a forum for dialogue and intellectual exchange.
Click here for more information about the Kress Foundation, History of Art Grant program: fault.aspx?id=142

United States Postal Service celebrates Abstract Expressionism with new stamps

AbExStamps“With this stamp pane, the U.S. Postal Service honors the artistic innovations and achievements of 10 abstract expressionists, a group of artists who revolutionized art during the 1940s and 1950s and moved the U.S. to the forefront of the international art scene for the first time. The stamps go on sale March 11.

Abstract expressionism refers to a large body of work that comprised radically different styles, from still, luminescent fields of color to vigorous, almost violent, slashes of paint. In celebration of the abstract expressionist artists of the 20th century, art director Ethel Kessler and noted art historian Jonathan Fineberg (Gutgsell Professor of Art History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) selected ten paintings to feature on this colorful pane of self-adhesive stamps. Kessler used elements from Barnett Newman’s Achilles (1952) to frame the stamps. The arrangement of the stamps suggests paintings hanging on a gallery wall. For design purposes the sizes of the stamps are not in relative proportion to the paintings.” (US Postal Service Release)

The Creative Photograph in Archaeology

Creative Photograph in Archaeology book cover

 We are delighted to announce that copies of the beautiful book, The Creative Photograph in Archaeology, ed. C. Antoniades (Benaki Museum, 2008) have arrived from Greece and are now available for sale at the Fairfield University Bookstore for $60.00.  This publication includes full-page illustrations of all the photographs exhibited at the Walsh Art Gallery in 2007, as well as illustrated essays by K. Glowacki, K. Schwab, H. Papaioannou, D. Mille, A. Szegedy-Maszak, and S. Mavrommatis.  Hurry over to the bookstore while the supply lasts.  For further information, contact Carey Mack Weber at