Professor links Italy's art and history

November 14, 2003

Believing that art is a product of the culture that creates it, Sharon Dale, associate professor of art history at Penn State Erie, spent her recent yearlong teaching sabbatical in Italy, learning more about Italian culture of the 14th and 15th centuries. Based in a spacious apartment near the Vatican in Rome, she traveled throughout the country to continue research that she has pursued for the past ten years. "My sabbatical was devoted to the study of the relationship between the papacy, the 14th century Visconti family that ruled Milan, and the Hermits of St. Augustine," said Dale. "In Italy, the 14th century was a period of constant struggle for political control, with major players being the popes and an emerging cast of dynastic families or republics."

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