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Seymour: ‘Tom Lea and the Italian Renaissance’ with Luciano Cheles

October 13, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Monday, October 13th


Seymour Chamber of Commerce
Seymour City Hall, The Whiteside Auditorium for Performing Arts
Reception 6:00 p.m.
Lecture 7:00 p.m.

IN 2003 as he was looking through art books, art history scholar Luciano Cheles came across one of Tom Lea’s Texas murals, noticing a similarity in the volumetric figures of Tom Lea and those of the great Italian Renaissance muralist Piero della Francesca. After receiving an e-mail validating his trained eye – “at the end of his life, Tom Lea wept when he spoke of seeing Piero’s work in Arezzo, and getting to touch it with his hand”– Luciano applied to become a fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., winning a coveted spot. While in the United States he studied Piero’s influence on American artists with a special focus on Tom Lea.

Luciano Cheles was educated at the universities of Reading and Essex. He has taught at the University of Lancaster (United Kingdom) and is currently professor of Italian art history at the University of Poitiers (France). His research has focused on Renaissance iconography, and on the impact of Renaissance art on European and American visual cultures. He was awarded a Terra Foundation Senior Fellowship in 2006-2007 to study Piero della Francesca’s fortunes in America from the late 19th century to 1945, and he has lectured extensively on this subject in France, Britain and America. His publications include: The Studiolo of Urbino : an Iconographic Investigation (Penn State Press, 1986); Milton Glaser nella città di Piero della Francesa (Comune di Sansepolcro, 2007); and L’Image recyclée, co-edited with G. Roque (Presses Universitaires de Pau, 2013).


  • Seymour Chamber of Commerce Seymour City Hall, The Whiteside Auditorium for Performing Arts
  • 301 N Washington S
  • Seymour, Texas
  • 76380



  • Free

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