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Research and Scholarship


Dr. Timothy McCall, Associate Professor of Art History, is spending the 2017-18 academic year in New York, as the J. Clawson Mills Fellow in the Department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His current project “Matters of Renaissance Fashion” was also recently awarded a Venetian Research Program Grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society, and a Villanova University Summer Grant.

In spring of 2017, Tim published two essays on Renaissance material culture and materiality, both co-authored with Sean Roberts: “Raw Materials and Object Lessons,” in The Routledge History of the Renaissance, edited by William Caferro; and “Art and the Material Culture of Diplomacy” in Italian Renaissance Diplomacy: A Sourcebook, edited by Monica Azzolini and Isabella Lazzarini. Later in 2017, Dr. McCall’s state of the field essay on fashion, clothing, and adornment⸺“The Materials for Renaissance Fashion”⸺will appear in Renaissance Quarterly.

In the past year or so, Dr. McCall delivered for the Robert H. Smith Renaissance Sculpture in Context Seminar at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London the talk “Fashion in Marble: Medici Diplomacy and the Bargello’s Portrait of Francesco Sforza.” McCall has recently presented various papers related to clothing and embodied diplomacy: at the Dallas Museum of Art (for University of Texas, Dallas’s Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History); in Prato, at the Australian Centre for Italian Studies Conference; and in Rome, at a conference investigating gifts of textiles held at the Biblioteca Hertziana, Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte. At the 2017 meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Tim discussed “Renaissance Materiality” in the roundtable “An Interdisciplinary Renaissance,” and he presented the paper “Glittering Gems and Courtly Masculinity” about Galeazzo Maria Sforza of Milan’s gems and jewelry.

Dr. McCall was excited to be a part of the working group “The Body Remade: Art, Nature, and Gender” and presented “Contours of Renaissance Fashion: Stockings, Tunics, and Embodied History” for our first exploratory seminar, held in Florence at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, in March 2017.

In summer of 2016, Tim served as Visiting Professor at Sichuan University in Chengdu, where he offered the course "Leonardo da Vinci as Italian Renaissance Court Artist" – and where he got to eat lots of spicy dandanmian and enjoyed a special tour of the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.


Dr. Mark Sullivan, Associate Professor of Art History, recently published, Picturing Thoreau: Henry David Thoreau in American Visual Culture (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015; 2nd ed., 2017). He also published a review of Dieter Buchhart et al., Keith Haring: The Political Line in Choice: Reviews for Academic Libraries (Vol. 52), and wrote an essay titled, “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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