Sarah R Cohen

Professor of Art History and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Director, Art History Program

Fine Arts 218
(518) 442-4807

Ph.D.  Yale University
M.A.   Yale University
B.A.   Oberlin College


Research areas: Art History of the early modern era (1600-1789)
Representation of the body, human and animal
Issues of gender in visual studies

Sarah R. Cohen 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 was co-winner of the Clifford prize awarded by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.  The courses she teaches at the University at Albany address art and architecture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, including three courses that are open to graduate students as well as undergraduates: "Women in Art from the Renaissance to Impressionism"; Women in Art from the 'New Woman' to Now" (both cross-listed with Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) and a research seminar, "Art and Society in Early Modern France" (cross-listed with French Studies).