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Joan Uraneck, Professor

Joan Uraneck

"Art history has always been a passion for me," says Professor Uraneck. "It doesn’t matter to me when or where art is made, the fact of the matter is that it is made in every culture around the world since the beginning of time, I have always seen art as a contextualized creative act that transcends time. In that sense art is a verb that keeps the object alive."

Professor Uraneck's area of specialization is Picasso. As a scholar she has focused her attention on Picasso’s student drawings and their impact on his development as an artist and his use of drawing to forge his artistic identity. She has traveled extensively in Europe to conduct research on Picasso in the major archives and museums in France and Spain, supported by grants from The National Endowment of the Humanities, the Kress Foundation and Maine College of Art. Her articles on Picasso have been published in The Burlington Magazine and Fine Art Connoisseur Recent articles include:“Picasso’s Self-Portrait 1903:Forging an Artistic Identity,”,*Fine Art Connoisseur*, October 2008;“Picasso’s academic study of a cast of a classical sculpture,” *The Burlington Magazine*, December 2008; and “’Two views of a left eye’, 1892-93:A recent discovery,” *The Burlington Magazine*, August 2004. Professor Uraneck is currently working on an interpretation of Picasso’s twelve drawings of the classical Greek mythological figure of the faun, which are housed in the Picasso Museum in Antibes. Recent interests have also taken her to Belize in Central America, where she owns a small plot of land in the Mayan mountains with a temple in my backyard, and to Cambodia to study Buddhism.


MA, Wellesley College, Art History