Beth Harris and a statue of Marcus Aurelius. Beth Harris and a statue of Marcus Aurelius. Photo: Smarthistory Photo: Smarthistory Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 Beth Harris and a statue of Marcus Aurelius. Beth Harris and a statue of Marcus Aurelius. Photo: Smarthistory How two New York professors transformed the teaching of art history 1 / 3 Back to Gallery Beth Harris and Steven Zucker were in Siena, Italy, in the baptistery attached to that city’s famous cathedral, when a funny thing happened. They were recording a short video about Donatello’s relief sculpture “The Feast of Herod” for their website, Smarthistory, a once modest resource for art history students that has since become a phenomenal, worldwide success. The Donatello appears in textbooks, usually as a black-and-white photograph surrounded by words. There are a lot of reasons it’s considered important, but never mind that, for now. From inside the baptistery (their videos are always filmed on location), Harris and Zucker can be heard explaining why the 15th-century bronze relief was so innovative, why it is attached to a baptismal font and why Donatello showed the shocking moment when Herod is presented with the head of… Read full this story
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