Art History


The Vatican Palace of Nicholas V

The Vatican Palace of Nicholas V

Ashley Edmiston, ’14

Reclaiming Rome: Pope Nicholas V’s Humanist Building Projects 1447-1455

Ashley’s project, which was presented at the Capstone Festival, offers a new Humanist reading of the building projects of Pope Nicholas V.  Ashley received the library’s research award for an earlier project. She was an Honor Scholar.

Andrea Kibler Maxwell ’13

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Andrea Maxwell, MBC 2013

Andrea’s thesis, which won first place in the Capstone Festival, gave  a new and convincing rhetorical reading of the Brancacci Chapel at S. Maria del Carmine in Florence. Andrea received a full scholarship, health insurance, and stipend to Kent State University.  She also received a letter of admission and a scholarship to Ohio University.


Erika Mikhailova at the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Erika Mikhailova at the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Erika Mikhailova ’11
Bosch and Breugel: Bedknobs and Broomsticks: A Study of Witchcraft, Heresy, and Hypocrisy
Erika won the library research award for an earlier research paper. She presented her senior research project at the Capstone Festival.  She tackled a controversial subject for her thesis. Up until the 1950’s, the more bizarre work of sixteenth century Flemish artist Peter Bruegel the Elder and his stylistic predecessor Hieronymus Bosch were largely regarded by scholars as droll flights of fantasy. Erika has built upon scholarship that identifies sociopolitical criticism and counterculture religious overtones within these artists’ work, which opposes the Spanish rule of the Netherlands and the Inquisition. She examines the themes of heresy, witchcraft, and hypocrisy within a selection of Bruegel’s paintings and etching sketches, linking them to the writings of Dirk Coornhert, a Spiritualist author who refuted the reality of witchcraft and opposed corporal punishment, and Jan Wier, a student of Cornelius Agrippa, known as the “father of psychiatry,” who argued that the symptoms of witchcraft were psychosomatic and not demonic possessions.  Erika completed degrees in art history and studio and.  She is now a teacher.