NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum and History Center presents History Professor Emily Gray’s “The Work of Daniel Hopfer: 16th Century Armorer, Artist and Religious Radical,” a Lunch and Learn event that looks at decorative armor and social change in the late Renaissance from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 10.
The talk supplements the extension of the current exhibit, “Forged and Fired: The Art of Weaponry.” German armor decorator Daniel Hopfer (1483-1538) created fancy dress armor for the Holy Roman emperors (pictured). His work includes monsters, mermaids and other mythical creatures. He applied his armor-etching techniques to flat metal plates to create images for Reformation pamphlets. Gray will discuss the armor etching process and the social function of decorative armor in the late Renaissance.
Gray received her doctorate in Early Modern European History from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 and joined Norwich University’s faculty in 2007.
German armor decorator Daniel Hopfer (1483-1538) created fancy dress armor for the Holy Roman emperors.
She has written on the Protestant Reformation’s early causes and progress, the phenomenon of Lutheran-Catholic co-existence and the unique aesthetics of Lutheran architecture. Her research takes place in churches, libraries and archives in the former Free Imperial Cities of southern Germany, especially Augsburg, where she lived for a year as a Fulbright Fellow. In recognition of her teaching, Gray received the Homer L. Dodge Award for Teaching Excellence in 2015.
The Sullivan Museum and History Center is closed to the public because of the coronavirus pandemic. This Lunch and Learn, which is free and open to the public, will be presented virtually.
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