Nina J. Cullinan Professor of Art and Art History
Professor of Art History
Office: 113 Herring Hall
Italian Renaissance art and theory; Early American art and architecture
Joseph Manca’s areas of research interest include
Renaissance, Baroque, and early American art and architecture. He teaches courses on European and early
American art and architecture from 1300 to 1850. He has published numerous articles
on Italian Renaissance and early American art; recent studies include an essay
on Leonardo da Vinci's Cecilia Gallerani (Word and Image) and a study of the Hudson Valley Dutch and the origins of the American porch (Winterthur
Portfolio). Manca's books include The Art of Ercole de' Roberti (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University
Press, 1992); Titian 500, ed. Joseph Manca (Washington: National Gallery of
Art, 1993); Cosmè Tura: The Life and Art of
a Painter in Estense Ferrara
(Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press [Clarendon Press], 2000); Moral Essays on the High
Renaissance: Art in Italy in the Age of Michelangelo (Lanham, MD: The University Press of America,
2001); and Andrea Mantegna and the Italian
Renaissance (Parkstone: London,
2006). His most recent book, George Washington's Eye: Landscape, Architecture, and Design at Mount Vernon (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012) was just awarded the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize for 2014, which is given out by the Foundation for Landscape Studies. A forthcoming book is his Subject Matter in Italian Renaissance Art: A Study of Early Sources (Tempe, AZ: Arizona State University Press [Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies]). Currently in progress is a book on Shaker ideology and material culture.
Ph.D. (1986) Columbia University
M.Phil. (1982) Columbia University
M.A. (1980) Columbia University
B.A. (1978) University of Rochester
George Washington's Eye: Landscape, Architecture, and Design at Mount Vernon (Baltimore,
MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012). (John
Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize, 2014, Foundation for Landscape Studies; Honorable Mention, 2012, Association of American Publishers, in the field of Architecture and Urban Planning).
Subject Matter in Italian Renaissance Art: The Evidence in Early Sources, Tempe, Ariz.: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies [series: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies], in press.
Andrea Mantegna and the Italian Renaissance,
London and New York: Parkstone Press
International, 2006. [Published also
in French (Andrea Mantegna et la Renaissance italienne) and German (Andrea Mantegna: Kunst und Kultur im
Italien der Renaissance).]
Moral Essays on the High Renaissance:
Art in Italy in the Age of Michelangelo, Lanham, MD and Oxford: University Press of America, 2001.
Cosmè Tura: The Life and Art of a Court Painter
in Estense Ferrara, Oxford
and New York: Oxford University Press [Clarendon Press], 2000.
The Art of Ercole de’ Roberti, New York and
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.
Book chapters, articles, etc.
“Dogs of Infamy in Lorenzo de’ Medici’s Birth Tray,” Source: Notes in the History of Art, vol. 32, no. 4 (Summer 2013), pp. 1-6.
“A Theology of Architecture: Edward Savage’s Portrait of George Washington and his Family,” Source: Notes in the History of Art, vol. 31, no. 1 (Fall 2011), pp. 29-36.
“Giorgio Vasari and Ascanio Condivi on the Iconography of Michelangleo’s Sistine Chapel Frescoes,” in The Chapels of Italy, from the Twelfth to the Eighteenth Century: Art, Religion, Patronage, and Identity, ed. Lilian Zirpolo (Woodcliff Lake, NJ: The WAPACC Organization, 2010), pp. 307-329.
“Wordplay, Gesture and Meaning in Leonardo da Vinci’s Cecilia Gallerani,” Word and Image: A Journal of Verbal/Visual Inquiry 24, no. 2 (April-June 2008), pp. 127-138.
“A Matter of Style: The Question of Mannerism in Seventeenth-Century American Furniture” Winterthur Portfolio: A Journal of American Material Culture, vol. 38, no. 1 (Spring 2003), pp. 1-36.
Selected Awards & Honors
2013 - Honorable Mention, in category of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2012, Association of American Publishers, for George Washington’s Eye
2009 - Individual Research Fellowship, Humanities Research Center, Rice University
2006 - Outstanding Faculty Associate, Baker College, Rice University
1997 - Fellowship, Center for the Study of Cultures, Rice University
Key Monuments and Artists of Western Art
American Art and Architecture I: 1620-1800
Introduction to the History of Western Art II
High Renaissance and Mannerism in Italy
Masters of the Baroque Era
American Architecture and Decorative Arts before 1900