Art History alumna Sydney Welch ’20 published her first book “The Art of Collaboration: An In-Depth Look at Creative Practices for Creative People,” which takes an in-depth look at the origins of collaboration and how it takes shape in different ways.
Welch found much of her inspiration for the...
Dr. Jill Pederson, associate professor of Visual and Performing Arts, contributed a chapter on the impact Donato Bramante’s friendship had on the work of Leonardo da Vinci to the recently published book Leonardo in Dialogue from the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz.
In the chapter, “...
Dr. Jill Pederson, associate professor of Visual and Performing Arts, was one of eight speakers who presented at the “Leonardo da Vinci: 500 anos depues,” an interdisciplinary conference hosted by the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and the Humanities at the Universidad Nacional...
Arcadia faculty are taking over the podcast The Academic Minute from Feb. 11 to 15. Each day of the week, a different faculty member will discuss their current research projects.
Featured faculty include Dr. Bruce Campbell, associate professor of Education, Dr. Kalenda Eaton, associate professor...
While many students visit the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., few receive a guided tour of the Capitol’s art and history by a former U.S. Senator.
On Sept. 15, Arcadia University’s Interim President Hank Brown led Art and Design students through a tour of the Capitol’s art, which include...
The Gray Gallery, owned by Art and Design Chair Carole Loeffler, will welcome the new juried exhibition, Immersed, featuring the work of seven female artists that celebrates the overlooked and undervalued art of women who attempt to balance the roles of mother and artist.
Juried by Dr. Jill...
Dr. Jill Pederson, assistant professor of art history, was recently awarded two prestigious grants in support of her research on Leonardo da Vinci. Pederson received the Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society, which she used to support research on her forthcoming book...
Dr. Jill Pederson, assistant professor of art history, published “Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio’s Portrait of Girolamo Casio and the Poetics of Male Beauty in Renaissance Milan” in the volume Renaissance Love: Eros, Passion, and Friendship in Italian Art around 1500. This capped two years of essay-...
Jill Pederson is Associate Professor of Art History at Arcadia University, specializing in European art with an emphasis on Italian painting, sculpture, and graphic work from the fourteenth through seventeenth centuries. Her research focuses on the intersection of visual, literary, and intellectual culture in northern Italy. Dr. Pederson is author if Leonardo, Bramante, and the Academia: Art and Friendship in Fifteenth-Century Milan (Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2020). This book deepens our understanding of the Renaissance master by providing contextualization for his first Milanese period (c.1482-1499). Although Leonardo has long been cast as an artistic anomaly, the study resituates him within a specific scholarly network that helped to shape his own visual idiom. By suggesting that Leonardo derived inspiration from a wider group of artists, poets, and scientists, the book challenges prevailing ideas about Leonardo’s universal genius and contributes to a more complex understanding of an artist who influenced conceptions of creative practice for generations to come.
Other research interests include art theory and criticism, Italian humanism, Renaissance historiography, early modern court culture, and gender studies. Dr. Pederson is currently engaged in a second research project on constructions of gender in the portraiture of Leonardo’s followers, known as the Leonardeschi. An additional research project examines the artistic followers of Leonardo da Vinci within the context of cultural exchange and explores the proliferation of the Leonardesque pictorial mode across transcultural geographies.
Dr. Pederson received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University (2008). Before joining the faculty at Arcadia University, she taught at Johns Hopkins (2003–2004), Colorado College (2003, 2006–2007), and Catholic University (2010–2011). She was also a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (2007–2010). She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, Kress Foundation Fellowship, Renaissance Society of America Research Grant, Ahmanson Research Fellowship at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (UCLA), and a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society.
Areas Of Focus
Italian Renaissance Art, 17th-century European Art, Renaissance Humanism, Leonardo da Vinci, History of Science, Art Theory and Criticism, Renaissance Historiography, Early Modern Court Culture, and Gender Studies.
Languages English, Italian, French, German, Spanish
Article, Green Worlds in Early Modern Italy: Art and the Verdant Earth, edited by Karen Goodchild, April Oettinger, and Leopoldine Prosperetti (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2019), 89–108.
Author • 2019
Leonardo, Bramante, and the Visual Tradition of Friendship
Article, Leonardo e gli altri: Leonardo in Dialogue, edited by Francesca Borgo, Rodolfo Maffeis, and Alessandro Nova (Florence: Kunsthistorisches in Florenz, 2019), 147–64.
Author • 2019
Under the shade of the mulberry tree’: Reconstructing Nature in Leonardo’s Sala delle Asse
Article, Leonardo Studies: Architecture and Nature, edited by Constance Moffat and Sara Taglialagamba (Leiden: Brill, 2019).
Author • 2014
Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio’s Portrait of Girolamo Casio and the Poetics of Male Beauty in Renaissance Milan
Article, Renaissance Love: Eros, Passion, and Friendship in Italian Art around 1500, edited by Jeanette Kohl, Marianne Koos, and Adrian Randolph. I Mandorli Series (Berlin: Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2014).
Author • 2008
Henrico Boscano’s Isola beata: New evidence for the Academia Leonardi Vinci in Renaissance Milan