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In passionate pursuit : a memoir

Author: Alessandra Comini
Publisher: New York : George Braziller, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Overflowing with passion for her work as a scholar and teacher, Alessandra Comini reminisces and romps through six decades as an unconventional art historian in this illustrated memoir. The author of award-winning books on Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, and Ludwig van Beethoven, Comini draws on her lifelong daily journals and shares personal research-related anecdotes as she reflects on the formation and flowering of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Comini, Alessandra.
In passionate pursuit.
New York : George Braziller, 2004
(OCoLC)645867560
Named Person: Alessandra Comini; Alessandra Comini; Alessandra Comini
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alessandra Comini
ISBN: 0807615234 9780807615232
OCLC Number: 56593952
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 240 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: An abundance of epiphanies --
To Vienna! On the track of artists past and present --
Discovery of Egon Schiele's prison cell --
Friendship with Schiele's sisters, Melanie and Gerti --
Swapping life stories: tales told to Melanie --
A touch of old world in Dallas-exposure to the arts --
Some enduring Italian vignettes --
Education Texas style and trails less traveled --
Interlude at interlochen: revelations and resolutions --
Barnard College: a little mayhem and a lot of music --
On my own in Italy with a cello and a motorbike --
Barnard again: falling in love with German and with something called art history --
Art up close: Italy, Istanbul, Athens, Germany --
Farewell Barnard, Grüss Gott Vienna, and hail the Hungarian revolution --
Round-trip in search of a profession: San Francisco, Mexico, New York, Scandinavia, Milan, Paris, Prague, London, San Francisco --
Art history morning, noon, and night: Schiele sitters, collectors, and enthusiasts --
Running the (teaching and dissertation) Gauntlet at Columbia --
New York Art World encounters and stints at Berkeley, Princeton, and Yale --
A bit of Northern feminism at Southern Methodist University: Eleanor Tufts and art history forays at home and abroad --
Carrying on with the "revisionist" (Feminist) cause --
Musical iconography: merging two lifelong loves --
Some locales of passionate pursuit: of islands, mountains, lakes, and cemeteries --
Buon Giorno, Trieste: Winckelmann and Schiele --
Under a midnight sun: exploring the Scandinavian sensibility --
Italy once again: rendezvous with the past --
"Io ho quell' che ho donate": sharing the fruits of passionate pursuit --
Some hurdles, some triumphs.
Responsibility: Alessandra Comini.
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"Overflowing with passion for her work as a scholar and teacher, Alessandra Comini reminisces and romps through six decades as an unconventional art historian in this illustrated memoir. The author of award-winning books on Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, and Ludwig van Beethoven, Comini draws on her lifelong daily journals and shares personal research-related anecdotes as she reflects on the formation and flowering of her distinguished career. Beginning with her colorful background as a refugee from Franco's Spain, then Mussolini's Italy, she describes her music-loving family's sometimes humorous, sometimes painful adjustment to a World War II Texas. A series of fortuitous experiences at Interlochen's National Music Camp; Barnard College; the University of California, Berkeley; and Columbia University later leads to what would ultimately be a turning point both in her life as well as in Schiele scholarship: the discovery, half a century after Schiele's incarceration in a provincial Austrian jail, of the actual cell in which he had been imprisoned."--BOOK JACKET.

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