William Hood(will be teaching in Spring 2015)


Visiting Professor, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU 

BFA in Painting and Art History, University of Georgia, 1965; MA in Art History, University of Georgia, 1967; Ph.D., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 1977

Research interests

Italian Renaissance Art; Italian, French, and Spanish Art, 1600-1750; 18th-Century European Art; Early Christian Art.

Academic Appointments

2012: Visiting Professor, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
2008-2010: Professor of Art History, Columbia University
1974-2007: Mildred C. Jay Professor of Art, Oberlin College

Academic Awards and Honors

Phi Beta Kappa
Bernard Berenson Prize, The Institute of Fine Arts, 1971
University Dissertation Fellowship, New York University, 1971
Rome Prize Fellowship, American Academy in Rome, 1972-74
Research and Development Grants, Oberlin College, 1977, '78, '79, '83, '86, '89, '93, 2001, '02
National Endowment for the Humanities Category B Fellowship, 1981-82
I Tatti Fellowship, Harvard University for Italian Renaissance Studies, Villa I Tatti, Florence, Italy, 1984-85
I Tatti Fellowship, 1985-86 (Renewed)
ACLS Travel Grant, 1986
Visiting Professor, Villa I Tatti, 1989-90, 1999-2000
NEH Summer Research Grant-in-Aid, 1990
Research Status Appointment, Oberlin College, 1993-94
Short List, 1994 Premio Salimbeni, for the Best Book on Italian Art published in the previous two years
George Wittenborn Prize for Fra Angelico at San Marco
The Eric Mitchell Prize for a First Book in Art History, 1994
Appointed to the Mildred C. Jay Chair in Art History, Oberlin College, 2000
Visiting Mellon Professor, Courtauld Institute of Art, London University, 2004-05 (invitation declined)
Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellow, 2005-06, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 
Oberlin College Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2007

Selected Publications

"Titian's Vatican Altarpiece and the Pictures Underneath," Art Bulletin , LIX, 1977, 534-53 (with Charles Hope)

"The Narrative Mode in Titian's Presentation of the Virgin," H. Millon, ed., Studies in Italian Art History, Rome, 1980, 125-62

"Ciro Ferri's Pensiero for the altarpiece of the Blessed Stanislaus Kostka in Sant' Andrea al Quirinale," Allen Memorial Art Museum Bulletin, XXXVI, 1980, 26-49

"The Sacro Monte of Varallo and Popular Religion in the Renaissance," T. Verdon, ed., Monasticism and the Arts, Syracuse, 1984, 291-311

Review of D. Rosand, Painting in Cinquecento Venice, in Renaissance Quarterly, XXXVI, 1984, 594-98

Review of P. Bianconi, et al., Il Sacro Monte sopra Varese, in Art Bulletin, LXXVII, 1985, 333-37

"St. Dominic's Manners of Praying: Gestures in Fra Angelico's Cell Frescoes at San Marco, Art Bulletin, LXXVIII, 1986, 195-205

Review of S. Ringbom, Icon to Narrative: The Rise of the Dramatic Close-up in Fifteenth-century Devotional Painting, in The Burlington Magazine, CXXVIII, 1986, 429-30

"In Defense of Art History: A Response to Ridgway," Art Bulletin, LXXVIII, 1986, 480-81

"The State of Research in Italian Renaissance Art," Art Bulletin, LXIX, 1987, 174-86

"Painting in Renaissance Siena," Exhibition review, The Burlington Magazine, CXXXI, 1989, 241-44

"Fra Angelico at San Marco: Art and the Liturgy of Cloistered Life," T. Verdon and J. Henderson, eds., Christianity and the Renaissance, Syracuse, 1990, 109-31

Fra Angelico at San Marco, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1993

"An Elephant and almost a Palindrome: Two Books on the Body in Art," Art History, 1995, 302-06

"Creating Memory: Monumental Painting and Cultural Definition," Language and Images of Renaissance Italy, ed. Alison Brown, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995, 157-69

Fra Angelico. San Marco, Florence, New York: George Braziller, Inc., 1995 [Italian edition: Beato Angelico: Il Convento di San Marco, trans. L. Tasso, Turin: SEI, 1995]

"On Getting Better," Guest Editor's Statement for a special issue of The Art Journal, titled "How Men Look: On the Masculine Ideal and the Body Beautiful," Summer 1997 (in collaboration with William Stern)

"A Lazy Man's Approach: Robert Mapplethorpe and the Language of Sculpture," Sculpture and Photography: Envisioning the Third Dimension, ed. Géraldine A. Johnson, New York & London:
Cambridge University Press, 1998, pp. 199-212

Review of Megan Holmes, Fra Filippo Lippi, the Carmelite PainterApollo Magazine, May 2001, pp. 55-56.

"Un altarolo in Ohio," Amici dei musei, XXVI, January-June 2000, pp. 38-47

“Four Excercises in Looking: Tintoretto’s Deposition from the Cross,” Exhibition catalogue essay, New York: Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, 2004, pp. 4-31.

Review of Patricia Meilman, Titian and the Altarpiece in Venice, in The Catholic Historical Review, October 2005, pp. 812-14.

Exhibition review of Fra Angelico, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Burlington Magazine, CXLVIII (February 2006), pp. 146-49.

Selected Papers and Guest Lectures since 1990

"Inventing Memory: Painting and the Representation of History," Symposium on Cultural Definition and the Renaissance, Courtauld Institute of Art, London University, 1990

"The Friar and his Public: Looking at Fra Bartolommeo's Art," Boston Museum of Fine Arts and The Morgan Library, New York, 1992

"Mythic Bodies: Sculpture, Psychology, and the Pursuit of Holiness," William A. Chenoweth Memorial Lecture, Birmingham (AL) Museum of Art, 1993

"The Nude in the Closet: Robert Mapplethorpe and the Renaissance," Courtauld Institute of Art, London University, 1993

"New Holiness: Laypersons as Saints. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, CA, 1993

"The Migrations of Eros: The Renaissance and Robert Mapplethorpe," The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 1994

"Fra Angelico, Large and Small: Painting and Illumination in Early Renaissance Florence," Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1994

"A Lazy Man's Approach: Robert Mapplethorpe and the Language of Sculpture," Symposium onSculpture and Photography, University College, London University, 1995

"Man's Flesh, God's Flesh: The Body of Christ in the Art of Fra Angelico," Symposium on Christ Among the Medieval Dominicans, Notre Dame University, 1995

"Figs and Leaves: On Writing a History of the Male Nude," The Walter W.S. Cook Alumni Lecture, The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 1996

"Looking for Jerusalem: The Representation of Pilgrimage in the Italian Renaissance," The Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, 1997

"What Michelangelo Saw: Crafting the Sistine Ignudi." College Art

Association of America, New York City, February 2000

"Clothes Make the Man: Tailors as Sculptors in Sixteenth-Century Florence." Renaissance Society of America, Florence, Italy, March 2000.

"Art and the Design of Life: Sculptors' Drawings in the Italian Renaissance," The Holbrook Memorial Lecture, The Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA, November 2000.

"Made Men: Appearance, Rank, and Masculine Behavior in Cinquecento Florence," Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, "Renaissance Masculinities" Conference, February 2001

"Another Visit with Fra Angelico at San Marco," Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, October 2001

"Florence's Angelic Friar," The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, January 2006.

"A Diplomatic Gift for the Medici Wedding of 1608," The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, April 2006.

"A House-Altar by Jacopo Ligozzi," The University of Georgia Symposium on Italian Renaissance Art in Honor of Andrew Ladis, September 2006.

Professional Activities

College Art Association of America
Visiting Lecturer, University of Louisville, 1968
Curatorial Consultant, Intermuseum Conservation Laboratory, 1977-79
Consultant to the Curatorial Staff, The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1990
Chair, Department of Art, Oberlin College, 1987-91, 1996-98
Editorial Board, Art Bulletin, 1989-95
Departmental Review Consultant: Amherst College, 1988; University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, 2004; University of the South, Sewanee, TN, 2008.
Reviewer for tenure at: Florida State University; University of Toronto; Dartmouth College; UC Davis; Queens College, CUNY; University of Texas at Austin; University of Michigan; University of Louisville; Vassar College; New York University.
Session Organizer and Chair: "The Cult of Images in Italy, 1300-1600." College Art Association Annual Meeting, 1989
Professor of Art History, The Hesperia Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Spoleto, Italy, 1996-99
Selection Panel for Woodrow Wilson Fellowships, 1992-present
Selection Panel for J. Paul Getty Foundation, 1992-98
Selection Panel for NEH Publications Grants, 1993
Member, The Council for Villa I Tatti, 1998-present
Member, The Advisory Committee for Villa I Tatti (fellowship jury)
Guest Editor (with William Stern), Art Journal, for an issue titled
"How Men Look: On the Masculine Ideal and the Body Beautiful," Summer 1997
Consultant and Commentator ("Talking Head") for Michelangelo's
David: The Life Story of a Work of Art, BBC Television, broadcast December, 2001
Panel member for National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships in Art History, 2003
"Teaching about Christianity in Liberal Arts Colleges," Mellon Foundation Workshop, Smith College, Northampton, MA, June 2006
Lecturer and Leader, "Splendors of the Baroque: Venice and Prague" for The Metropolitan Museum of Art (May 21-29, 2011)