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Patricia Reilly

Associate Professor of Art History, Chair of Art History


  2. Phone: (610) 690-3730
  3. Beardsley 205
  4. Office Hours: Students can schedule appointments through WASE.
Patricia Reilly


Ph.D., Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley
M.A., History of Art, Bryn Mawr College
B.A., History of Art, University of California, Santa Cruz

Areas of Specialization

Italian Renaissance Art & Art Theory
The Paintings and Lives of Giorgio Vasari
The Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci
Art Education and Academies


ARTH 001E  First Year Seminar: Michelangelo and Renaissance Culture
ARTH 001M First Year Seminar: Leonardo: Art, Science and Engineering
ARTH 001K  First Year Seminar: Colonialist Imagery in the Dutch Golden Age
ARTH 002  The Western Tradition
ARTH 013  Ancient Greece and Rome
ARTH 016  Italian Renaissance Art
ARTH 038  Exhibiting Women
ARTH 051  The Art of Renaissance Florence and Environs
ARTH 052  Global Renaissance
ARTH 057  Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo
ARTH 076  Art Museums: History Theory, Controversy
ARTH 092  Arts of Propaganda in Early Modern Europe
ARTH 100  Senior Capstone
ARTH 138  European Art and Global Expansion: Honors Seminar
ARTH 151  Visual Culture of Renaissance Rome: Honors Seminar 

Please view full course details in the online College Bulletin Course Catalog here.

Selected Publications and Works in Progress

Triumphalist Painting in the Age of the Italian Wars (book ms.)
“Raphael’s Sala dei Chiaroscuri as Triumphal Facade,” in Kim Butler Wingfield and Tracy Cosgriff, eds., Revisiting Raphael's Vatican Stanze (Harvey Miller/Brepols), 2022, 232-49.
"Triumphal Chiaroscuro Painting During the Reign of Julius II," in Jennifer Maria DeSilva and Pascale Rihouet, eds., Eternal Ephemera: The Papal Possesso in Rome and its multi-faceted legacy. Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2020, 125-64.

"Artists' Training," Cambridge Companion to the Italian Renaissance, ed. Michael Wyatt, Cambridge University Press, 2014, 82-97

“Raphael’s Fire in the Borgo and the Italian Pictorial Vernacular,” The Art Bulletin, December 2010, 308-25

Co-Editor, with Roberta Olson and Rupert Shepherd, The Biography of the Object in late Medieval and Renaissance Italy, Blackwell Publishing, 2006
“Drawing the Line: Benvenuto Cellini's On the Principles and Method of Learning the Art of Drawing and the Question of Amateur Drawing Education," in Benvenuto Cellini, eds. Margaret A. Gallucci and Paolo L. Rossi, Cambridge University Press, 2004

"The Taming of the Blue: Writing Out Color in Italian Renaissance Theory," in The Expanding Discourse:  Feminism and Art History, Norma Broude and Mary D. Garrard, eds., HarperCollins, 1992, 86–99