Joseph Manca

Nina J. Cullinan Professor of Art and Art History
Professor of Art History
Director of Graduate Studies
Ph.D. (1986) Columbia University
M.Phil. (1982) Columbia University
M.A. (1980) Columbia University
B.A. (1978) University of Rochester

Research Areas

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; forthcoming studies include an article on Leonardo da Vinci's Adoration of the Magi (Source: Notes on the History of Art) and a study of British landscape gardening of the eighteenth century (Artibus et Historiae). 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 awarded the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize for 2014, which is given out by the Foundation for Landscape Studies. Recently published is his book Subject Matter in Italian Renaissance Art: A Study of Early Sources (Tempe, AZ: ACMRS [Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies], 2015). He was a Research Fellow at Winterthur in 2016, studying the visual world of the Shakers. Now under contract with University of Massachusetts Press is his forthcoming book Shaker Vision: Seeing Beauty in Early America.