Dr. Ciulla traces no more conventional a route in her exploration of the dynamic and often challenging relationships that have long existed between artists and leaders. [F]rom the Renaissance to the present day, Ciulla writes, artists have given us vivid impressions of leaders who have influenced their lives and thus the work they created. [B]y understanding these complex relationships, we may deepen our insights into the contexts that shaped leaders, artists, and the cultural period in which they functioned. To this end, Ciulla visits such subjects as ecclesiastical, royal, and aristocratic patronage; totalitarian directives and propaganda; and artistic responses to moral outrages and political, social, and other ideological revolution.
Professor Ciulla has lectured all over the world on a vast array of subjects. She has presented at The World Economic Forum, the Brookings Institution, and the Aspen Institute, and has held academic appointments at the Harvard Business School, the Wharton School, and Oxford University. She has also appeared on numerous television programs, including CNNs In the Money and Bill Moyers World of Ideas II. Professor Ciullas Athenaeum lecture is the second in the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies series, Labor and Leisure in Western Culture.