Research and Scholarship


Dr. Timothy McCall, Associate Professor of Art History, published with Truman State University the volume Visual Cultures of Secrecy in Early Modern Europe, which he co-edited with Sean Roberts and Giancarlo Fiorenza.  The volume contains two essays by McCall, “Secrecy and the Production of Seignorial Space: the Coretto of Torrechiara,” and the book’s introduction, “Revealing Early Modern Secrecy,” which he co-authored with Roberts. 

McCall’s article “Brilliant Bodies: Material Culture and the Adornment of Men in North Italy’s Quattrocento Courts,“ was published in the journal I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance at the end of 2013, and in April of 2014 was named the article of the month by Feminae, the Medieval Women and Gender index.  Tim was also part of the team (along with the conservator Kristin deGhetaldi, Anthony Lagalante in Chemistry, and David Lacey of Falvey Library) awarded a substantial grant for the on-goingConserving a Giant project conserving and studying Villanova’s large Baroque canvas attributed to Pietro da Cortona. 

In the past year or two, McCall has presented a number of conference papers and invited lectures, particularly on Renaissance bodies, beauty, masculinity, and fashion and adornment.  Dr. McCall contributed to the conference “Italian Renaissance Studies: New Research Directions” at the University of Melbourne, delivered the Mary L. Heuser Memorial Lecture in Art History at Wheaton College (MA), gave the keynote lecture at Oklahoma State University’s Art History Senior Symposium, and presented at the USC-Huntington Library Early Modern Studies Annual Conference “The Ephemerality and Durability of Early Modern Visual and Material Culture” in Los Angeles.  McCall delivered invited lectures at the University of Edinburgh, and, closer to home, at Ursinus College (the latter with his colleague Maghan Keita).  Dr. McCall additionally presented a paper on fake pearls at the Sixteenth Century Society Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and a talk on a Milanese gift of clothing to Lorenzo de’ Medici at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting in New York. 

He is currently working on a number of projects, including a state of the field essay on the study of Renaissance clothing and fashion for the journal Renaissance Quarterly, and a chapter on the material culture of Renaissance diplomacy (co-authored with Sean Roberts).

Dr. McCall in June 2014 served as visiting international professor at Shanghai University where he offered the course "Leonardo da Vinci as Italian Renaissance Court Artist."  For the art and art history community at Shanghai University, he presented the lecture "Materiality, Clothing, and Embodied Phenomena in Renaissance Italy."  For the Shanghai Mass Art Center, he additionally delivered the talk "Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Cecilia Gallerani and Italian Renaissance Lords and Lovers."  


Dr. Mark Sullivan, associate professor of art history, recently published Picturing Thoreau:  Henry David Thoreau in American Visual Culture (Lanham, MD:  Lexington Books, 2015). He also published a review of Dieter Buchhart et al., Keith Haring:  The Political Line inChoice:  Reviews for Academic Libraries (Vol. 52). And he wrote an essay entitled "Pennsylvania Impressionism" for the online Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.

Dr. Sullivan received a grant from Villanova's History Department that enabled him to do research, this past summer, on his next book, which will be a study of the Darby School of Art, a forgotten group of Pennsylvania Impressionist painters who were active at the turn of the twentieth century. 

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