Associate Professor of Art History
Phone: (518) 442-4020
Campus office: FA 220
Areas of Expertise: Italian Renaissance
Art and Architecture
Amy Bloch, Associate Professor of Art History, received her PhD in art history from Rutgers University in 2004 and started teaching at the University at Albany in 2007. Her research focuses on Italian Renaissance art and architecture (sculpture in particular). Her book on Ghiberti’s artistic interpretations of Old Testament narratives in the Gates of Paradise was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016. Her articles and essays explore works by Ghiberti, Donatello, Michelangelo, as well as the art and ritual of baptism in Florence. Her work has been supported by fellowships and grants from the Villa I Tatti (the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence), the Renaissance Society of America, and the College Art Association. At the University at Albany, Professor Bloch teaches the second half of the introductory art history survey, as well as courses on Italian Renaissance art and architecture (1250-1450 and 1450-1600) and northern European art (1350-1600). Her recent seminars have focused on innovation in early fifteenth-century Florentine art and architecture, and on the life and work of Michelangelo.