A «Festschrift» in Honor of Professor Edward J. Olszewski
Edited By Jennifer H. Finkel, Michael D. Morford and Dena M. Woodall
Introduction JENNIFER FINKEL, MICHAEL D. MORFORD, & DENA M. WOODALL 1
Jennifer Finkel, Michael D. Morford, Dena M. Woodall Introduction Dr. Edward J. Olszewski retired in 2010 after teaching thirty-nine years in the Art History department at Case Western Reserve University. Professor Olszewski has touched and inspired the lives of hundreds of students, and he was the most requested professor each year for auditors wishing to be trans- ported to the Renaissance. His warmth, spirited generosity, guidance, breadth of knowledge of the Renaissance, and love of great food and excellent wine, made him one of the most sought after dissertation advisors. Truly a Renais- sance man, Professor Olszewski earned not one but two Ph.D.s: the first in 1964 in Chemistry from the University of Illinois; and the second in 1974 in Art History from the University of Minnesota. The origins of Dr. Olszewski’s interest in art began in 1966 when the Arno River flooded. As a chemist, he knew he could use his scientific knowledge to assist with the damages suffered not only in Florence but also Venice. He took matters into his own hands and wrote to distinguished art historian H.W. Janson who invited him to New York City to discuss the is- sue. This single conversation eventually led to his completion of a Ph.D. in art history, specializing in Renaissance art. Professor Olszewski came to Case Western Reserve University (CASE) as an associate professor in 1971, drawn by the cooperative program with the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA). The joint program between CASE and the CMA offered the unique...
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