As a high school student Benjamin Craig's motto was, "Here's my plate, load it on." He brought that mentality with him to Emmanuel, where he has always been ready to take on a new opportunity.
Christopher Moore ’19 recently presented his thesis at the Visual Culture Consortium’s 11th Annual Undergraduate Art History Symposium at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Now on the brink of his graduation from Emmanuel, Moore is preparing to embark on graduate studies in Glasgow, Scotland.
Moore's paper "Fishing for the Public Eye: Nathaniel Hone's Portrait of Kitty Fisher" was selected after undergoing a blind review process by art historians, earning him the opportunity to present his work among a group of art history students across New England, the prospect of which Moore set his sights years ago.
"Presenting at the symposium had been a goal of mine since I first learned about it during my freshman year," Moore said. "While I do find the research process very stimulating, being able to have the chance to speak to an audience and expose them to a topic I'm passionate about was really rewarding."
In his research, Moore explores Irish artist Nathanial Hone's Portrait of Kitty Fisher, examining the artist's interpretation of Dutch still life painting and how it undermined 18th century academic art theory upheld by English artist Sir Joshua Reynolds, which Moore argues was Hone calling attention to the hypocrisies inherent in Reynolds's exalted "Grand Style."
"My interest in Hone first began through a travel course I took on Irish Art, so I like to think that the symposium was a nice bookend to my time at Emmanuel," said Moore.
Following graduation, Moore will begin graduate studies in "Art History: Collecting & Provenance in an International Context" at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Unique to Scotland and the UK, the program offers an interdisciplinary approach to art history, collecting and art law within a broad, international context.