Director of Graduate Admissions; History of Art & Architecture, Associate Professor; Late Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century European Art


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A specialist in European painting and sculpture of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Professor Ribner has published on the art of France and Britain in relation to politics, literature, religion, law, public health, science, and the environment. He is the author of Loss in French Romantic Art, Literature, and Politics (Routledge, 2022) and Broken Tablets: The Cult of the Law in French Art from David to Delacroix (University of California Press, 1993). His articles have appeared in Studies in Romanticism, The British Art Journal, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, Art Journal, Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte, and The Art Bulletin. He reviews books and exhibitions for Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide,  Nineteenth-Century French Studies, and The Burlington Magazine.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

Loss in French Romantic Art, Literature, and Politics, New York and London: Routledge, 2022. read here


Louis Janmot Book Cover Review of Louis Janmot: Le Poème de l’âme(Louis Janmot: The Poem of the Soul), by Servane Dargnies-de Vitry and Stéphane Paccoud, with contributions by Isabelle Saint-Martin, Elena Marchetti, and Clément Paradis, exh. cat. Paris: Musée d’Orsay, in association with In Fine éditions d’art, 2023, read here
The Presence of the Past in French Art Book Cover Review of The Presence of the Past in French Art, 1870-1905: Modernity and Continuity, by Richard Thomson. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2021, read here
Narrative Painting in Nineteenth-Century Europe Book Cover

Review of Narrative Painting in Nineteenth-Century Europe, by Nina Lübbren, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2023, read here

Review of Courbet’s Landscapes: The Origins of Modern Painting, by Paul Galvez, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2022. read here
Review of Rodin in the United States: Confronting the Modern, edited by Antoinette Le Normand-Romain. Williamstown, MA: Clark Art Institute, in association with Yale University Press, 2022, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide 21, no. 3 (Autumn 2022) read here
Review of: Sébastien Allard and Côme Fabre, Delacroix. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2018., 2019  read here
“Resistance and Persistence: On the Fortunes and Reciprocal International Influences of French Romanticism.”
Studies in Romanticism 57, no. 4 (Winter 2018): 505-38. available here
“John Ruskin, Philip Henry Gosse, William Dyce, and the Contemplation of Time at Mid-Century.”
The British Art Journal 18, no. 3 (Winter 2017/2018): 70-77. available here
“The Spectre of Invasion, from the French Revolution to the Channel Tunnel.”
The British Art Journal 18, no. 1 (2017): 3-11. avaiilable here
“L’Année terrible Viewed by John Tenniel.”
Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide 15, no. 1 (Spring 2016). read here
“The London Sublime”.                                                                                     The British Art Journal 16, no. 2 (Autumn 2015): 76-88. available here
“On a Repainting by Millet.”                                                              Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide 13, no.1 (Spring 2014). read here
“John Martin’s Twin Pursuits.”        The British Art Journal 11, no. 2 (2010/11): 36-42. available here
“The Thames and Sin in the Age of the Great Stink: Some Artistic and Literary Responses to a Victorian Environmental Crisis.”       The British Art Journal 1, no. 2 (Spring 2000): 38-46. available here
“The Poetics of Pollution.” In TurnerWhistlerMonet, edited by Katharine Lochnan, John House, and Sylvie Patin, 51-63, with catalog entry on p. 112. Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, London: Tate Britain, and Paris: Réunion des musées nationaux/Musée d’Orsay, 2004. listed here
Broken Tablets: The Cult of the Law in French Art from David to Delacroix. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993. available here


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