Dissertation Defense: Kyle G. Sweeney

Thursday, June 29, 2017
2-4 p.m.
Herring Hall 126

Primarily concerned with the production and reception of Late Gothic architecture in Normandy, Kyle Sweeney’s research on the parish church of Notre-Dame de Louviers illustrates how the distinct, ornate Gothic monuments of this understudied era were entwined with French identity and leveraged as tools in nation building. His case study demonstrates how the construction of Late Gothic architectural projects in the early sixteenth century showcased material wealth, prosperity, alliances, and independence—the elements of status used to project power in an increasingly hierarchical world.