Nicholas Evas-Cato to speak at Johns Hopkins University
Nicholas Evans-Cato (Critic, Foundation Studies/Illustration) will present a slideshow talk at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland on Monday, Oct. 25, 2010. Evans-Cato’s talk, “Brunelleschi’s Magic Bullet: On Painting the City with Perfect Projection” is partially informed by his recent Professtional Development Fund supported research in Florence.
From the Johns Hopkins’ press release about the talk, “It is said that Filippo Brunelleschi’s now-lost 15th century painting of the Florence Baptistery was so realistic that viewers confused seeing it with seeing the actual building. Brooklyn. Evans-Cato will discuss his paintings in the context of this infamous anecdote, which is the foundational myth of Renaissance linear perspective. Citing both historical sources and his own plein-air paintings as research, his lecture exposes the extent to which the legend of Brunelleschi’s invention of systematic perspective appears as surprisingly problematic, tacitly relying on both the misappraisal of fundamental geometric axioms and a literal reading of early, non-scientific accounts of his technique.
Evans-Cato’s paintings are in numerous permanent collections, including those of the Museum of the City of New York, the New York Historical Society and Time Warner Inc. His work has been featured and reviewed in many publications, including the New York Times, Harper’s Magazine and Art & Antiques.”