Curator's Choice. A Journey from Medieval France to Goryeo Korea and Song China by Robert D. Mowry
I first recognized my interest in the history of art and architecture as a high-school student in the early 1960s, my interest sparked by pictures in books on French Gothic architecture, sculpture and manuscript painting. Though planning to major in chemistry and biology at college and then to go to medical school, out of sheer interest I enrolled in a survey course on the history of European art in my freshman year at the University of Kansas (1963–64). Living amidst great museums and architectural monuments during a period of undergraduate study in Paris the next year convinced me that I would prefer art history over the sciences, so I switched fields, taking my bachelor’s degree in art history, medieval humanities and French, and planning to go on to do graduate work in medieval art.