Claire K. Lindgren
Associate Professor of Fine Arts/Art History
Degrees: PHD, 1976, Columbia Univ; MPH, 1973, Columbia Univ; MA, 1970, Columbia Univ; BA, 1968, SUNY Univ Cntr Stony Brook; AAS, 1957, SUNY Fashion Inst Tech CC
To me "art is the Mirror of History." Just as a mirror reflects an image of a person, the art and architecture of a period are visual reflections of the history of an era. While one can and should respond to works of art guided by an inner feeling, there is much more to understanding art. To fully appreciate a work, the intent of the artist and his patron must be considered. The formal style, the iconography, and the social and economic situation that existed when the work was created all come into play in such an examination.