Assistant Professor of Art History
FA216, Tuesdays 12-2 pm
Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture
Amy R. Bloch, Assistant Professor of Art History, received her PhD in art history from Rutgers University in 2004 and her BA from Cornell University in 1997, and started teaching at the University at Albany in 2007. Her research focuses on Italian Renaissance art and architecture and, in particular, the life and work of the fifteenth-century Florentine sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti (1378-1455). Her recent and forthcoming publications examine the evolution of Ghiberti’s approach to the construction of narrative relief sculpture, the sculptor’s personal and financial interactions with his corporate patrons in Florence, and the real and symbolic links between imagery and baptismal ritual at Florence’s baptistery of S. Giovanni. An essay on Donatello’s Chellini Madonna and the significance of the various media used in its production is also forthcoming. She is currently completing a book manuscript that examines the artistic interpretations of Old Testament stories presented in Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise, and spent the 2009-2010 academic year in Florence, working on the manuscript while supported by a fellowship from the Villa I Tatti (the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies). 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, as well as the life and work of Michelangelo.
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