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Summit H.S. Alum Awarded Fulbright Grant

Brenna Larson

SUMMIT, NJ - Brenna Larson, currently a senior at Oberlin College and a 2010 graduate of Summit High School, has been awarded a nine-month Fulbright research grant to continue her honors research project in Italy. 

Larson will travel to Perugia, with her research will also taking her to Rome and Florence.  Her project centers on the patronage of Cardinal Jean Balue (1421-1491), and pays particular attention to a niello book cover commissioned by the cardinal from a Florentine workshop in the second half of the fifteenth century.  She has also set out to find a missing manuscript from the volume.

Niello is an ancient medium  is characterized by lines inscribed on metal plates, usually silver, and filled with a compound of lead, sulfur, and copper; the resulting picture is comprised of dark lines on a silver ground. 
Larson will take classes taught by her sponsor, Professor Tommaso Mozzati, at the University of Perugia.  In addition to building upon her current research, she also hopes to gain access to the Vatican Library to find the missing manuscript, which was likely a Gospel book.

Larson has worked as a student docent at the Allen Memorial Art Museum for three years, is co-chair of Active Minds at Oberlin, and a mental health advocate for the Office of Student Wellness.  She intends to pursue a PhD in art history, and she will apply to graduate programs this fall.
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