Please give a warm hello to Jennie S., our new Editorial Assistant for Wonders and Marvels. Jennie is finishing up a degree in Art History and will soon be headed off to Italy to sniff out the wonders for us there.
What drew you to art history?
I fell in love with art history when I was 16. I spent a summer in Florence, Italy studying Italian language and the city’s vast history of art. It didn’t take long before I was head over heels for this city. It seemed like every turn I took led me to another beautiful Cathedral, or a piazza filled with statues and fountains. To say the least, it was one incredible summer. When I got to college and had to decide what my focus might be, the choice was pretty clear–my heart had settled on art history years ago. I’m ecstatic to be returning to Italy to study this Fall.
Who are your favorite artists or compositions?
I have many among the Renaissance art I studied–Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus, Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam, and Fra Angelico’s Annunciation, to name a few. However, I consider Degas to be my favorite artist of all time. I know, I juxtapose. But I have always loved his dancers and find him brilliant in the way he captures their movement and spirit.
And in the W&M spirit, what’s the your favorite wacky history story?
Well, in the spirit of witch week here at W&M, I’d definitely have to say the Salem Witch trials. Such off the wall accusations about innocent people, but done with a chilling passion and conviction. I’ve read Arthur Miller’s The Crucible over ten times and each time Abigail seems more villainous and the Proctor’s fate more tragic, but I am hauntingly enthralled nonetheless. In my art history studies I’ve learned many more wild history tales, but that’s fodder for another post. So stay tuned!
Jennie S. can be contacted at:
editorial.assistant [at] wondersandmarvels.org
Be sure to let her know what you’d love to see here at Wonders and Marvels!
In the meantime, be sure to take a look at some of our favorite witch tales from
Image: Sandro Botticelli, Primavera (detail) Uffizi Gallery, 1482.