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Patricia Reilly

Associate Professor of Art History, Department Chair


  2. Phone: (610) 690-3730
  3. Beardsley 205
Patricia Reilly

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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: Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age
ArtH 002 - The Western Tradition
ArtH 013 - The Art and Architecture of Ancient Greece and Rome
ArtH 016 - Italian Renaissance Art
ArtH 020 - Major Workshop
ArtH 026 - Colloquium: Art Chemistry and Conservation
ArtH 038 - Women and Art
ArtH 051 - The Art of Renaissance Florence and Environs
ArtH 057 - Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo
ArtH 151 - Seminar: Visual Culture of Renaissance Rome 

Selected Publications and Works in Progress

Picturing Art History: Vasari's Palazzo Vecchio Paintings and Revised Lives  [book ms.]

"Leonardo and the Invention of the Sketch" [in progress]

"Raphael's Fire in the Borgo and the Italian Pictorial Vernacular" The Art Bulletin, v. XCII, December 2010, 308-325

"Artists' Training and Workshops", Cambridge Companion to the Italian Renaissance, ed. Michael Wyatt, Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Co-Editor, with Roberta Olson and Rupert Shepherd, The Biography of the Object in late Medieval and Renaissance Italy, Blackwell Publishing, 2006. Also appeared as Renaissance Studies Special Issue, The Biography of the Object in late Medieval and Renaissance Italy, Blackwell, June 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

"Writing Out Color in Renaissance Theory," Genders 12, Winter 1991, 77 - 99