Renaissance

Jodi Cranston

CRANSTON725 Commonwealth Ave, Rm 302B
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Telephone: (617) 353-0363
Fax: (617) 353-3243
E-mail: cranston@bu.edu

curriculum vitae

Professor; Renaissance Art.
B.A., Yale University, M.A., Columbia University, M.Phil, Columbia University, Ph.D., Columbia University.

Professor Jodi Cranston received her B.A. in Renaissance Studies from Yale University and her Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University. She is the author of two books, The Poetics of Portraiture in the Renaissance (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and The Muddied Mirror: Materiality and Facture in Titian’s Later Paintings (Penn State University Press, 2010); editor and contributor to Venetian Painting Matters, 1450-1750 (Brepols, 2014); and has contributed several articles to interdisciplinary Renaissance publications. She was the recipient of a Charles Ryskamp Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies in 2004-5. An active participant in international scholarly conferences in art history and Renaissance studies, Professor Cranston is currently working on a book-length project entitled, The Green Worlds of Renaissance Venice, and has recently launched a digital mapping project that visualizes the provenance of Titian’s pictures from the 16th century to the present day. She received a Digital Art History Grant from the Kress Foundation to develop the application, which eventually will be available to other scholars for mapping artworks by other artists and cultures.

“Mapping Titian,”functions as an archive and as an interpretative and teaching site by documenting and mapping one of the most fundamental concerns of the discipline of Art History: the interrelationship between an artwork and its changing historical context.  Focusing on the paintings executed by the Venetian Renaissance artist, Titian (ca. 1488-1576), this site creates a searchable provenance index of his attributed pictures (totaling over 500 paintings) and uses geographic and non-geographic maps to interpret an historical network of artists, collectors, art dealers, travelers, and patrons through the movement of these objects.  Users can customize their experience of the website by specifying the parameters of their search interests and by having the opportunity to create their own maps, as well as export user-selected bibliographies, related documents, and provenance entries.

Jodi Cranston

Emine Fetvaci

eminepic725 Commonwealth Ave, Rm 305A
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Telephone: (617) 353-1463
Fax: (617) 353-3243
E-mail: fetvaci@bu.edu

curriculum vitae

Associate Professor, Islamic Art
B.A., Williams College; Ph.D., Harvard University

Professor Fetvaci received her Ph. D. in History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University in 2005. Her first book, Picturing History at the Ottoman Court (Indiana University Press, 2013), examines the crucial role played by illustrated histories in the formation of Ottoman identity and the shaping of social hierarchies at court during the sixteenth-century. She is interested in issues such as the codification of a historical record, the creation of collective memory, and the connections between artistic patronage and self-fashioning in early-modern courtly societies. Her research areas include the arts of the book in the Islamic world, and Ottoman, Mughal and Safavid art and architecture. She is currently working on a comparison of Ottoman and Mughal illustrated histories as well as a monograph on the albums of the Ottoman sultan Ahmed I.

Michael Zell

zellpicWEB725 Commonwealth Ave, Rm 205B
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Telephone: (617) 353-1452
Fax: (617) 353-3243
E-mail: mzell@bu.edu

curriculum vitae

Associate Chair, History of Art & Architecture
Associate Professor; Baroque and Eighteenth-Century Art
BA, McGill University; PhD, Harvard University

Associate Professor Michael Zell received his Ph.D. from Harvard University’s Department of Fine Arts in 1994 and has been teaching at Boston University since 1996. His area of research is seventeenth-century Dutch art, with a particular focus on Rembrandt. His book, Reframing Rembrandt: Jews and the Christian Image in Seventeenth-Century Amsterdam was published by the University of California Press in 2002. He is the author of articles in the journals Art History, Simiolus, Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek, and JHNA, and co-edited the volume Rethinking Rembrandt (2002), to which he contributed an essay on Rembrandt and gift giving. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for his current book project For the Love of Art: Rembrandt, Vermeer, and the Gift in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art. Professor Zell teaches courses that cover a range of themes in his field of specialization, European art and architecture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, as well as the Renaissance and Baroque sections of the survey course (AH 112). He regularly offers the courses “Baroque Arts of Northern Europe” and “Southern Baroque Art”, and both graduate and undergraduate seminars on focused topics such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, and the relationship of visual culture to political authority in early modern Europe.