Joy Kenseth

Academic Appointments

Professor of Art History Emeritus

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.

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Carpenter Hall


Art History


  • B.A. Hiram College
  • M.A. Harvard University
  • Ph.D. Harvard University

Selected Publications

  • “Jan Davidsz. De Heem’s Still-life with Grapes,” Hood Museum Quarterly , (Spring 2006).

  • “The Virtue of Littleness: Small-Scale Sculpture of the Italian Renaissance,” in Lasting Magnificence: Looking at Italian Renaissance Sculpture , S. McHam (ed.), (1998).

  • “The Age of the Marvelous*, Editor and principal author, exhibition catalogue, (1991).

  • “Two Pendant Portraits by Jacopo Ligozzi,” The Burlington Magazine , 129, (1987), 12-16.

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