Patricia Mainardi, Authority on Nineteenth-Century Art, Visiting Professor in the Department of Art History

15 May

Professor Patricia Mainardi, a leading authority on nineteenth-century European art and European and American modernism, and a pioneering professor of women’s studies, will be a Visiting Professor in the Department of Art History during the 2012-13 academic year.

Professor Mainardi earned her Ph.D. from the City University of New York, completing a dissertation on “Universal Expositions of the Second Empire:  A Study in Art and Politics” under the supervision of Professors Linda Nochlin and John Rewald.  Her first book, Art and Politics of the Second Empire:  The Universal Expositions of 1855 and 1867 (Yale University Press, 1987), was awarded the College Art Association’s Charles Rufus Morey Award.  Her other publications include The End of the Salon:  Art and the State in the Early Third Republic (Cambridge University Press, 1993); Husbands, Wives, and Lovers:  Marriage and Its Discontents in Nineteenth-Century France (Yale University Press, 2003), and numerous exhibition catalogs, articles, essays, and reviews on nineteenth- and twentieth-century European and American art.

Professor Mainardi is the recipient of fellowships, grants, and awards from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC); the National Endowment for the Humanities; the American Council of Learned Societies; the Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies (Princeton University); and the Yale Center for British Art.  From 1986 and until this year, she was Professor on the Doctoral Faculty in Art History and Women’s Studies at The Graduate School of City University of New York.  She has been a visiting professor at Princeton, The College of William and Mary, Williams College, and the University of Amsterdam, among other institutions.  Among her areas of interest are art and politics, landscape, caricature, American folk art, exhibitions history, and popular prints.

This fall, Professor Mainardi is offering a “special topics” advanced modern lecture on “Neoclassicism to Romanticism” and a seminar, “Word and Image:  Nineteenth-century Illustrated Print Culture.”  Her seminar topic grows out of her current book project, Another World:  Illustrated Print Culture in 19th-century France.

The Department of Art History looks forward to welcoming Professor Mainardi in September.

One Response to “Patricia Mainardi, Authority on Nineteenth-Century Art, Visiting Professor in the Department of Art History”


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