Professors, students engage in multifaceted exploration of Goya, Beethoven
It is not known whether Ludwig van Beethoven and Francisco José Goya y Lucientes ever met. But the fact that their artistic lives were so strikingly parallel and intriguing inspired two Wheaton College professors to team up to teach a set of interdisciplinary courses on the two men.
The fall courses took students from Norton to Boston and New York, immersed them in a world of symphonies and fine art, and had them buying prints, curating an exhibition, attending concerts and learning from renowned experts, including an alumna who co-curated the first North American exhibition of Goya’s work in 25 years.
The collaborative project was, as Professor of Music Ann Sears put it, “a monumental task,” but one in which she and her colleague, Professor of Art History Evelyn Staudinger, “relished every moment.” It was also one that had a profound impact on Wheaton students, who acquired professional skills, made valuable art industry contacts, and greatly benefited from the varied and diverse approach to learning. [Read more...]