Stephen K. Scher Lecture
Stephen K. Scher Lecture by Dr. Ulrich Pfisterer: “Chardin’s Apes: Numismatics and the Science of Observation,”
The lecture by Dr. Ulrich Pfisterer, University of Munich, on Thursday, October 6, 2016. This ANS event is being held at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. You must RSVP online or contact the ANS Membership Department at 212-571-4470 ext. 117.
The Stephen K. Scher Lecture on the Art and History of the Medal fund was established in 1996 by Dr. Scher. The first lecture was held in 1997 on “Coming Full Circle: A Century of American Women in Medallic Art,” and was presented by Robin Salmon, Vice President and Curator of Sculpture, Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina. Many notable curators, conservators, and professors have presented since, including in 2009, when Denise Allen, then Curator at The Frick Collection, spoke on “Ancient Coins and the Sculpture of Andrea Riccio.”
Stephen K. Scher is a renowned scholar who has lectured and published extensively on medieval and Renaissance art. His own collecting activities have focused on Renaissance portrait medals, of which he has possibly the largest and finest collection in the world.
Dr. Pfisterer studied art history, classical archeology, and philosophy at the Universities of Freiburg and Munich, did his dissertation at the Bibliotheca Hertziana (Max Planck Institute) in Rome, and in 1997, received a doctorate from the University of Göttingen with a thesis on “Donatello and the Discovery of Styles, from 1430 to 1445.” He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence from 1999-2002 and has held teaching positions at the University of Göttingen and the University of Hamburg. Since 2006, Dr. Pfisterer has been a Professor of Italian art history; and in 2008 he became Chair of Art History at the Institute of Art History at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, with a special emphasis on Italian art.