Faculty at the School of Arts and Humanities

Mark Rosen

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Professor

Areas of Specialization:  History of Art, Early Modern Art and History, History of Slavery, History of Cartography, The Social History of Art, European-Ottoman Relations

Office:  JO 4.510
Mail Station:  JO 31
Email:  [email protected]
Phone:  972-883-2367

I am an art historian and historian of cartography specializing in late medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Europe. Among my interests are the ways in which the sciences impacted the arts and the points of contact between the fields. In my undergraduate courses, students are introduced not only to the greatest artworks of early modernity but also to its documents, maps, religious practices, political ideologies, and urban forms. I also regularly teach from local collections like the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth, the Meadows Museum at SMU, and the Dallas Museum of Art.

Among my regular upper-level undergraduate courses are AHST 3313 (Medieval Art), AHST 3315 (Art of the Renaissance) and AHST 3316 (Art of the Baroque), as well as topics courses on subjects such as Medieval Venice, Love and Marriage in the Renaissance, and Leonardo da Vinci. In these classes, students learn not simply about the origins or subjects of aesthetic objects but also the deep cultural and societal meaning underpinning them. I regularly involve contemporary perspectives on "old" art, such as involving the students in controversies about restorations, attributions, and museum practice. My graduate courses have included courses on the History of Cartography, the Social History of Art, Monuments, Travel and Pilgrimage, and Artists' Biographies.

In my first book, The Mapping of Power in Renaissance Italy: Painted Cartographic Cycles in Social and Intellectual Context (Cambridge University Press, 2015), I strived to bridge the disciplines of art history and the histories of science, cartography, and geography. The study details how the Florentine court utlized painted maps in the late sixteenth century, a moment better known for its printed maps and atlases. It touches upon the ways in which maps functioned beyond their geographical content, and the ways in which their display worked together with other types of decoration to make statements about dominion and power. In 2015 the book received the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference's inaugural Founders' Prize for best first book manuscript in early modern studies (ca. 1450-ca. 1660). My current project concerns the visual rhetorics of the bird's-eye view and seeing from above in early modern Europe.

I have also published articles and reviews in a number of international art-historical and historical journals, including The Art Bulletin, Renaissance Quarterly, The Sixteenth Century Journal, Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz, Oud Holland, Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences, Nuncius, Source, and CAA Reviews. Among my recent publications are "Pietro Tacca's Quattro Mori and the Conditions of Slavery in Early Seicento Tuscany" (The Art Bulletin 97 [2015]: 34–57) and “Jachia ben Mehmet and the Medici Court,” in The Grand Ducal Medici and their Archive (1537–1743), eds. Alessio Assonitis and Brian Sandberg (Turnhout, Belgium: Harvey Miller; 2016), 141–151.

Among the grants and fellowships I have been awarded as those from the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Samuel H. Kress Foundation; the Huntington Library; the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin; the Renaissance Society of America; the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; and the Fondazione Roberto Longhi in Florence. I serve as Executive Vice President of the Italian Art Society, sponsoring lectures and events as well as offering grants to members.

I am a native Californian who, before moving to Dallas in 2008, lived most of his life in that state or in Italy. I earned my doctorate in History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley, the university where I also received my B.A. in English. Prior to arriving at UT Dallas, I held a National Endowment for the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Medici Archive Project in the Archivio di Stato of Florence, Italy, working of the transcription and translation of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century documents.

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Ph.D., History of Art, University of California, Berkeley
M.A., History of Art, University of California, Berkeley
B.A., English, University of California, Berkeley

Curriculum Vitae:  Mark Rosen's CV