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Architectural historian to head the University of Virginia Art Museum

on Wednesday,February 04,2009 19:02

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A famous scholar and museum professional has been appointed as director of the University of Virginia Art Museum.

Bruce Ambler Boucher, currently a curator at the Art Institute of Chicago, is a distinguished academic and an expert on the 16th-century Italian architect Andrea Palladio, whose work has deeply influenced the architecture of the Western world.

In accepting the nomination, Boucher stressed the excellent reputation of both the university and its art museum. "The museum is an important part of the Jeffersonian ideals of this university, and it will be an honor to work with the museum''s excellent staff in determining its future path," he said.

Boucher is the author of many art books, including Andrea Palladio: The Architect in His Time, and he lectures around the country and abroad on Renaissance and Baroque artists such as Palladio, Donatello, and Tintoretto.

Prior to joining the Art Institute, Boucher taught art history at University College London for 24 years.

The new director''s tenure at the UVAM will begin on March 1.
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