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


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 !