Faculty MemberSarah Cohen

Professor of Art History
Chair, Department of Art and Art History


Phone: (518) 442-4020

Campus office: FA218, TH 10:00am - 12:00pm

Areas of Expertise: Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-century Art; Women in Art

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Sarah R. Cohen, Professor of Art History, received her Ph.D. in the History of Art from Yale University in 1988. Her research focuses upon representations of the body in European art from the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries. Her book, Art, Dance and the Body in French Culture of the Ancien Régime, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2000, and an article "Rubens's France: Gender and Personification in the Marie de Médicis Cycle," appeared in the September, 2003 Art Bulletin. Recently, the focus of her research has shifted to the animal body, with a book project that addresses artistic representations of animal life and death, and the association of this animal art with the early modern debate over whether animals had souls. Her first publication in this area: "Chardin's Fur: Painting, Materialism, and the Question of Animal Soul" appeared in Eighteenth-Century Studies 38:1 (Fall 2004), and more recently she published “Animal Life and Death in the Northern European Game Piece,” in Intersections: Yearbook for Early Modern Studies 7: “Early Modern Zoology: The Construction of Animals in Science, Literature and the Visual Arts” (Leiden: Brill, 2007). The courses she teaches at the University at Albany address art and architecture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, including two courses that are open to graduate students as well as undergraduates: "Women in Art" (cross-listed with Women's Studies) and a research seminar, "Art and Society in Early Modern France" (cross-listed with French Studies). Sarah Cohen also directs the Art History program and in 2010-11 she is serving as Acting Chair of the
Department of Women's Studies.