Babette Bohn

Professor of Art History
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BA, Art History, Northwestern
MA, Art History, Boston University
Ph.D., Art History, Columbia University

Courses Taught

Feminist Theory, The Art Museum, Approaches to the Art Object, Caravaggio, Gender, Saints and Sinners in Early Modern Italy, Bernini, Women, Gender, and Art in Early Modern Italy, Early Italian Renaissance Art, Late Italian Renaissance Art, Northern Renaissance Art, 17th-century Italian and Spanish Art, Northern Baroque Painting, 17th- and 18th-century European Art, Introduction to Art History, Women and the Visual Arts, 1500-1800, Drawing as Artistic Invention, History of Prints, Honors Humanities, Honors Intellectual Traditions

Areas of Focus

Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture; Feminist Art History; Italian prints and drawings

Women Artists, Their Patrons, and Their Publics in Early Modern Bologna, in press.

Federico Barocci, Renaissance Master of Color and Line, exhibition catalogue co-authored with Judith Mann, for an exhibition, St. Louis Art Museum (21 Oct. 2012 – 20 Jan. 2013) and the National Gallery London (27 Feb. – 19 May 2013), New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012-13.

Le “Stanze” di Guido Reni: Disegni del maestro e della scuola, exhibition catalogue for the Uffizi Gallery, Florence:  Leo S. Olschki Publisher, 2008.

Ludovico Carracci and the Art of Drawing, Turnhout, Belgium: Harvey Miller Publishers, 2004.

Selected Essays since 2004:

“’Infinità di disegni’: Le raccolte di disegni a Bologna fra Seicento e Settecento.” In Il Guercino. Atti del Convegno internazionale di studi in onore di Sir Denis Mahon, Daniele Benati ed. Milan: Skira, in press.


“’Though this be madness, yet there is method in it’: Barocci’s design process,” in Federico Barocci: Inspiration and Innovation in Early Modern Italy, Judith Mann ed. New York: Routledge, 2017, 89-111.


“Patronizing pittriciin early modern Bologna,” in Bologna: Cultural Crossroads from the Medieval to Baroque,  Gian Mario Anselmi, Angela De Benedictis, and Nicholas Terpstra eds., Bologna: Bononia University Press, 2013, 113-26.

“The construction of artistic reputation in Seicento Bologna: Guido Reni and the Sirani,” Renaissance Studies25, no. 4 (Sept. 2011), 511-37.

“The Antique Heroines of Elisabetta Sirani,” in Reclaiming Female Agency: Feminist Art History after Postmodernism, Norma Broude and Mary D. Garrard eds., Berkeley, Los Angeles, and London: University of California Press, 2005, 80-99.

“Death, Dispassion, and the Female Hero: Artemisia Gentileschi’s Jael and Sisera,”in The Artemisia Files, Mieke Bal ed., Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005, 107-28.

“Female Self-Portraiture in Early Modern Bologna,”Renaissance Studies18 (2004), 239-86.

“Reinventing Female Creativity in Early Modern Bologna: Disegno, Biography, and Women Artists,” CASVA colloquium, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., February 2018

“’Il fenomeno bolognese’ rivisto: Donne artiste a Bologna tra Quattrocento e Settecento,” Italian Art Society-Samuel H. Kress endowed lectureship, Bologna, June 2017

2017-18           Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

2015-16           Recipient of the Women and Gender Studies Research and Creative Activity Award

2012                Association of Art Museum Curators, Award for the Outstanding Monographic Exhibition of 2012 for Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master, Saint Louis Art Museum

2010                Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Visiting Professor at the Villa I Tatti, the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, during the winter-spring semester

2008                Recipient of the College of Fine Arts’ Award for Distinguished Teaching and Research, Texas Christian University


College Art Association

Italian Art Society

Renaissance Society of America

Manuscript reviewer for several professionals journals and academic publishers, including Penn State Press and Renaissance Quarterly