University of Oxford

History of Art Department

Professor Geraldine A. Johnson

Geraldine Johnson received a BA in Comparative Literature from Yale, an MA in Art History from Cambridge, and a PhD in History of Art from Harvard. She has held a number of prestigious grants and fellowships, including ones awarded by the Harvard Society of Fellows, the Leverhulme Trust, Villa i Tatti in Florence, the Henry Moore Foundation, the Fulbright Commission, and the Mellon Foundation. In 2009, she received a University Teaching Prize for her work in establishing Oxford's first undergraduate degree in History of Art. Currently, she is Head of the Department of History of Art. She was also recently the Associate Head of the Humanities Division and the Tutor for Admissions at Christ Church, Oxford.

She has published widely on the history of sculpture from the late medieval period to the present day, as well as on the visual arts more generally in Early Modern Europe. Her research interests also include the history of photography, the historiography of Art History, and women and the visual arts. Oxford University Press published her Very Short Introduction to Renaissance Art in 2005, with a new edition appearing in 2010 from an imprint of Barnes & Noble. It has also been translated into Chinese, Greek, Turkish, Thai and Vietnamese. She is the co-editor of a prize-winning volume entitled Picturing Women in Renaissance and Baroque Italy (Cambridge University Press, 1997) and editor of Sculpture and Photography: Envisioning the Third Dimension (Cambridge University Press, 1998). Some of her publications can be accessed via the website.

At present, she is completing a book entitled The Sound of Marble: The Materiality and Immateriality of Italian Renaissance Art, which will be published by Cambridge University Press. Future projects include a monograph on sculpture and photography; De-Facing the Portrait: The Early Modern Body in Parts (with Professor Tatiana String); and an historiographical study entitled Art History’s Images. She is also editing a volume of essays, Crossing Continents: Exile and Expatriate Histories of Art.