Pratt in Venice Alumni to Present at HADSA Graduate Thesis Symposium

Three Pratt in Venice Alumni will present at the History of Art and Design Student Association's Graduate Thesis Symposium next Thursday, April 16th at 6pm in Main 212.

HADSA Graduate Student Symposium Poster

HADSA Graduate Student Symposium Poster

After a hiatus of three years, the Graduate Thesis Symposium has been revived by the History of Art and Design Student Association. Three of our alumni, Diana Bowers, Natalie Draeger, and John Gribowich, Jr., wrote their Masters' Theses based off of research they conducted during their time on the Pratt in Venice Program. We invite you to join us at the symposium to celebrate their hard work! RSVP to the Facebook Event here. You can find out more about the event here. The event is also listed in Pratt Institute's Events Calendar. There will be a reception following the symposium. 

 Below are summaries of our alumni's presentation topics:

The Physical Text is History: Erhard Ratdolt’s Editions of Werner Rolewinck’s Fasciculus temporum By Diana Bowers

Bowers’s thesis examines printer Erhard Ratdolt’s four Venetian editions of the fifteenth-century chronicle of world history Fasciculus temporum by German monk Werner Rolewinck. In order to place Ratdolt’s editions in the book’s printing history, Bowers examined the “genealogy” of the book by studying earlier and later editions, focusing on the book’s visual lineage. Bowers's presentation will put forward some of the discoveries made in the course of visual analysis, demonstrating relationships between the illustrations of editions previously thought to be unrelated and showing the development of the book’s illustration program over time.

Early Italian Opera Houses: Architecture, Acoustics, and Design By Natalie Draeger

Draeger’s thesis, Early Italian Opera Houses: Architecture, Acoustics, and Design, examines developments and changes in opera house design that improved acoustics through their use of varied materials, interior decorations, and differing ground plans. Draeger’s study begins with the transformation from Greco-Roman auditoriums circa 1600, to the specialized acoustic buildings created in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in Italy. Draeger’s thesis draws on the fields of music and acoustics, architectural acoustics, and architecture and art into an interdisciplinary study of the relationship between architecture and acoustics in opera houses, specifically.

The Influence of the Oratory of Filippo Neri in Rome on the Theological Perspective of Caravaggio in Selected Religious Paintings By John Gribowich, Jr.

Gribowich’s thesis focuses on the role that the Oratory of Filippo Neri, based in Rome, had in shaping the Christian vision that inspired many of the religious works of Caravaggio. Through analyzing Caravaggio’s familial relationships and patronage connections, this thesis asserts that the artist was in direct contact with the Oratory and that the theological school employed by Neri and his cohorts is substantially represented in Caravaggio’s religious imagery, showing that both Caravaggio and the Oratory played an important role in the promotion and dissemination of the Catholic Reformation.