Mary Quinlan, Professor of Art History in the School of Art and Design will present “Raphael’s School of Athens: Nature, the Devine, the Hope for Peace” at Benedictine University’s Komechak Art Gallery as the Sonntag Distinguished Art Scholar, Sunday, May 6 at 2 p.m.

Mary Quinlan

Mary Quinlan

The connections between science, religion, and society that are revealed in Quinlan’s study serves to create scholarly exchanges among those in the natural sciences, social sciences, visual arts and several fields within the humanities.

Quinlan is a specialist in the Italian Renaissance and has published and lectured on relations between Italian Renaissance poetry and the visual arts, as well as on relations between Renaissance science, art and religion.  Her articles have appeared in the Journal the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, Renaissance Quarterly, the Neo-Latin Studies among others.

In 2013, The University of Chicago Press published her book, “Influences: Art, Optics and Astrology in the Italian Renaissance” which was then reissued in 2016.

Her lecture, “Raphael’s School of Athens: Nature, the Devine, the Hope for Peace,” is open to the public and free of charge.  Refreshments will be served.  It will be held Sunday, May 6 at 2 p.m. at Komechak Art Gallery on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall at Benedictine University, 5700 College Road in Lisle, Ill.  For more information visit