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B.A. Wellesley College, 1970
Ph.D. University of Virginia, 1988
M.A. Brown University, 1980
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Claire Farago

Professor, Art History Renaissance art theory

My main areas of interest are in Renaissance art theory, cultural exchange between Europe and the rest of the world, processes of globalization, critical historiography of the discipline, the materiality of the sacred, the history of style, museums and collecting practices, and the reception of art and ideas about art. I have published on Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance art theory, Latin American studies, and contemporary critical theory, recently two edited volumes, Leonardo da Vinci and the Ethics of Style (2008) and Re-Reading Leonardo: The Treatise on Painting across Europe 1550-1900 (2009); and Art Is Not What You Think It Is (2012), co-authored with Donald Preziosi. I am the contributing editor of Reframing the Renaissance: Visual Culture in Europe and Latin American 1450-1650 (1995), among the first studies to advocate a shift of emphasis in art history toward the study of cultural interaction. I am interested in working with graduate students in any of my research areas.

Claire Farago has received numerous fellowships and awards including a Getty Research Isntitute Collaborative Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library,  and a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship. She has held visiting professorships elsewhere, including Fulbright-York Scholar and Visiting Professor at the University of York, UK, (2011-12), the McGeorge Fellow Visiting Professor at the University of Melbourne, Australia (2008), Wiley Visiting Professor of Renaissance Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2006), and Art Council Chair Visiting Distinguished Professor at UCLA (1997).  Her current project is a cultural and intellectual history of Leonardo da Vinci¹s Trattato della Pittura (Paris, 1651) that will include a modern critical edition of the text which she is preparing with an international team of Leonardo specialists.

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  • Art Is Not What You Think It Is

    Art Is Not What You Think It Is

  • Re-reading Leonardo

    Re-reading Leonardo

  • Transforming Images

    Transforming Images

  • Leonardo and Ethics of Style

    Leonardo and Ethics of Style

  • Grasping The World

    Grasping The World

  • Compelling Visuality

    Compelling Visuality

  • Reframing the Renaissance

    Reframing the Renaissance

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