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Joy Kenseth


Renaissance & Baroque
Ph.D. Harvard University, 1975
B.A. Hiram College

Courses Taught at Dartmouth

  • Art History 2, Introduction to Art History II
  • Art History 10, Themes in the History of Roman Art (FSP in Rome)
  • Art History 17, Velazquez and the Spanish Baroque
  • Art History 42, High Renaissance Art
  • Art History 45, Southern Baroque Art
  • Art History 46, Northern Baroque Art

 Professor Kenseth also teaches more specialized courses, including “Art Under the Habsburgs,” “Michelangelo,” “The History of Gardens.”

Special Interests

Joy Kenseth teaches Renaissance and Baroque art. Her courses address both the major artistic developments in Italy, Spain, and Northern Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, as well as the particular contributions of major figures, such as Velazquez, Rembrandt, and Michelangelo. She also teaches courses concerning the history of collecting and display, most notably of the Habsburg dynasty. This interest emerges out from her work in The Age of the Marvelous, an exhibition devoted to the early modern origins of the museum, and from her study of the display of Bernini's sculptures in the Borghese Gallery. Kenseth has recently been working on the concept of splendor in early modern European culture.

Selected Publications and Exhibitions

  • The Age of the Marvelous, exhibition catalogue, ed. (Hanover, NH: Hood Museum of Art, 1991).
  • "The Virtue of Littleness: Small-scale Sculptures of the Italian Renaissance, in Looking at Italian Renaissance Sculpture, ed. Sarah Blake McHam (Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1998), 128–48.
  • "Two Pendant Portraits by Jacopo Ligozzi," Burlington Magazine 129.1006 (1987), 12–16
  • "Bernini's David," excerpts of studies published in Basic Design: Systems, Elements, Application, ed. Floyd Coleman (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1983)
  • "Bernini's Borghese Sculptures: Another View," Art Bulletin 63.2 (1981), 191–210


Last Updated: 2/11/10