Rome has been at the center of artistic creativity in all media for over 2,000 years. The range of courses in drawing, painting, printmaking and elementary sculpture offered by the Fine Arts department at AUR gives students the opportunity to interact with this vibrant tradition whether your interest lies in the reception of Rome’s classical past or the shock of the new at MACRO. Through regular critiques each course emphasizes technical expertise and innovation in equal part. But don’t just take my word for it ̶ experience this heady creative cocktail for yourself!
I first joined AUR as an adjunct professor in 1992. I was made full time in 2004 and since 2015 I have been Full Professor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. My academic career has always been flexible, reflecting my intellectual formation in various institutions, but also the necessity of teaching across a broad spectrum of subjects. I have particularly enjoyed exploring the continuities between Ancients and Moderns (particularly the Medieval and Early Modern periods) and parallel structures in literature and the visual arts, as well as deepening my interest in history and religious studies. My work has had some civic impact as well, for example in the series of lectures (2006) I gave at the National Gallery, London, entitled “From Eden to Golgotha”, and the several documentaries I have made for National Geographic; The History Chanel and others. In the university curriculum, working between disciplines has also allowed me to devise a variety of new courses where the influence of classical literature is traced through later centuries. I am strongly committed to interdisciplinarity in both my research and teaching, and hold the position of Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at AUR. I advise all students registered for this degree, which allows them to tailor their studies into ‘clusters’ to suit their own particular interests.
My own areas of research focus on late fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century Italy; the rise and diffusion of Italian Humanism. These subjects are reflected in a trilogy of monographs which review the production of Neo-Latin poetry in Rome from 1480-1580: Poets and Princes: the Panegyric Poetry of Johannes Michael Nagonius (Brepols: Turnhout, 2012); Patterns of Patronage in Renaissance Rome: Francesco Sperulo, Poet, Prelate, Soldier, Spy (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2015); Francesco Benci and the Rise of Neo-Latin Epic (Leiden: Brill, in preparation 2016). The latter volume will include a complete edition, translation and commentary of Benci’s epic, Quinque Martyres and discuss Jesuit epic in a global context.
Below you can see Professor Gwynne's contributions to The Story of Painting (2019) © Dorling Kindersley Ltd.