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Joseph Manca

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Nina J. Cullinan Professor of Art and Art History
Professor of Art History

Office: 113 Herring Hall
Phone: 713-348-3464
manca@rice.edu
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Research Areas

Italian Renaissance art and theory; Early American art and architecture

Joseph Manca’s areas of research interest include Renaissance, Baroque, and early American art and architecture. He teaches courses on European and early American art and architecture from 1300 to 1850. He has published numerous articles on Italian Renaissance and early American art; recent studies include an essay on Leonardo da Vinci's Cecilia Gallerani (Word and Image) and a study of the Hudson Valley Dutch and the origins of the American porch (Winterthur Portfolio). Manca's books include The Art of Ercole de' Roberti (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992); Titian 500, ed. Joseph Manca (Washington: National Gallery of Art, 1993); Cosmè Tura: The Life and Art of a Painter in Estense Ferrara (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press [Clarendon Press], 2000); Moral Essays on the High Renaissance: Art in Italy in the Age of Michelangelo (Lanham, MD: The University Press of America, 2001); and Andrea Mantegna and the Italian Renaissance (Parkstone: London, 2006).  His most recent book, George Washington's Eye: Landscape, Architecture, and Design at Mount Vernon (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012) was just awarded the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize for 2014, which is given out by the Foundation for Landscape Studies. A forthcoming book is his Subject Matter in Italian Renaissance Art: A Study of Early Sources (Tempe, AZ: ACMRS [Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies]). Currently in progress is a book on Shaker ideology and material culture.

Education

Ph.D. (1986) Columbia University
M.Phil. (1982) Columbia University
M.A. (1980) Columbia University
B.A. (1978) University of Rochester

Books

George Washington's Eye: Landscape, Architecture, and Design at Mount VernonGeorge Washington's Eye: Landscape, Architecture, and Design at Mount Vernon (Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012). (John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize, 2014, Foundation for Landscape Studies; Honorable Mention, 2012, Association of American Publishers, in the field of Architecture and Urban Planning).



riceowl_tnSubject Matter in Italian Renaissance Art: The Evidence in Early Sources, Tempe, Ariz.: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies [series: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies], in press.



Andrea Mantegna and the Italian RenaissanceAndrea Mantegna and the Italian Renaissance, London and New York: Parkstone Press International, 2006. [Published also in French (Andrea Mantegna et la Renaissance italienne) and German (Andrea Mantegna: Kunst und Kultur im Italien der Renaissance).]




moral_tnMoral Essays on the High Renaissance: Art in Italy in the Age of Michelangelo, Lanham, MD and Oxford: University Press of America, 2001.




tura_tnCosmè Tura: The Life and Art of a Court Painter in Estense Ferrara, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press [Clarendon Press], 2000.




ercole_tnThe Art of Ercole de’ Roberti, New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.






Select Publications
Book chapters, articles, etc.

“Dogs of Infamy in Lorenzo de’ Medici’s Birth Tray,” Source: Notes in the History of Art, vol. 32, no. 4 (Summer 2013), pp. 1-6.

“A Theology of Architecture: Edward Savage’s Portrait of George Washington and his Family,” Source: Notes in the History of Art, vol. 31, no. 1 (Fall 2011), pp. 29-36.

“Giorgio Vasari and Ascanio Condivi on the Iconography of Michelangleo’s Sistine Chapel Frescoes,” in The Chapels of Italy, from the Twelfth to the Eighteenth Century: Art, Religion, Patronage, and Identity, ed. Lilian Zirpolo (Woodcliff Lake, NJ: The WAPACC Organization, 2010), pp. 307-329.

“Wordplay, Gesture and Meaning in Leonardo da Vinci’s Cecilia Gallerani,” Word and Image: A Journal of Verbal/Visual Inquiry 24, no. 2 (April-June 2008), pp. 127-138.

“A Matter of Style: The Question of Mannerism in Seventeenth-Century American Furniture” Winterthur Portfolio: A Journal of American Material Culture, vol. 38, no. 1 (Spring 2003), pp. 1-36.

Selected Awards & Honors

2013 - Honorable Mention, in category of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2012, Association of American Publishers, for George Washington’s Eye
2009 - Individual Research Fellowship, Humanities Research Center, Rice University
2006 - Outstanding Faculty Associate, Baker College, Rice University
1997 - Fellowship, Center for the Study of Cultures, Rice University

Recent Courses

Key Monuments and Artists of Western Art
American Art and Architecture I: 1620-1800
Introduction to the History of Western Art II
High Renaissance and Mannerism in Italy
Masters of the Baroque Era
American Architecture and Decorative Arts before 1900