The latest issue of the University of Chicago Magazine has profiled Richard Neer, the David B. and Clara E. Stern professor of art history. The article talks about issues in the study of artistic style: that it can be problematic to separate form and content, and that an interdisciplinary tack is helpful. From the article:
Neer has written on classical Greek sculptures like the Elgin Marbles and on the political implications of vase-painting in ancient Greece. And although he focuses on a short period—300–600 BC—the ancient world’s issues of style and judgment inspire him to also veer into topics as varied as 17th-century French painting (which frequently borrowed classical motifs and poses) and Jean-Luc Godard’s experimental films.
For Neer, the ability to use his style insights across eras is an important part of the broad inquiry encouraged at Chicago. “I can’t think of anywhere else that a classical archaeologist would have been made welcome in cinema and media studies,” he explains.
Neer is at work on two books: one focused on classical Greek sculpture in the 5th century BC, the other an introductory textbook covering almost 2,000 years of art in the ancient Mediterranean, the third millennium to the fourth century BC.
For more information, see the University of Chicago Magazine‘s full article.