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Katherine Brown

Associate Professor of Museum Studies and Art History

B.A., Florida State University; M.A. and Ph.D., Indiana University

Walsh University
A Catholic University of Distinction
2020 East Maple Street
North Canton, Ohio44720
United States

Since the Fall of 2011, Dr. Katherine T. Brown served as Director of Museum Studies and Assistant Professor of Art History at Walsh University. In May of 2016, she received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor. Previously (2006-2011), she was Director of Hay House, an Italian Renaissance Revival historic house museum owned and operated by The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, and Curator of Historic Macon Foundation (2004-06), both sites in Macon, Georgia. From 2000-2004, she served as the Art Historian and Program Coordinator for the University of Georgia's Study Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy. Dr. Brown served as the Head of Education for the American Federation of Arts in New York (1997-99), the Curator of Education at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha (1995-97), and Curator of Education at the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia (1993-95).

Furthermore, she has taught Art History as an adjunct professor at Wesleyan College in Macon, GA; Hunter College (CUNY); and the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She earned her Ph.D. (1998) and M.A. (1992) in Italian Renaissance Art History from Indiana University-Bloomington. Leo S. Olschki Press in Florence published her dissertation on Venetian self-portraiture as a volume in their Pocket Studies in the History of Art Series (2000). Dr. Brown has given conference presentations at the Ohio Museums Association, The Renaissance Society of America, the Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo (MI), and the Medieval and Renaissance Conference at New College in Sarasota (FL). She has led Walsh groups to Rome in 2012 and 2015 and to London in 2014 and 2017.

Her new book, titled Mary of Mercy in Medieval and Renaissance Italian  Art: Devotional Image and Civic Emblem, was published by Taylor & Francis Publishers in the Fall of 2016, with a publication subvention from The Renaissance Society of America and The Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Dr. Brown lives in North Canton, OH with her daughter.

Dr. Katherine Brown Accepted as Visiting Scholar to the American Academy of Rome

Dr. Katherine Brown Accepted as Visiting Scholar to the American Academy of Rome

Walsh University Director of Museum Studies and Associate Professor of Art History, Katherine T. Brown, Ph.D., has been accepted as a Visiting Scholar to the prestigious American Academy of Rome in June 2019. The purpose of Dr. Brown’s two-week residency will be to continue researching and writing her current book project, The Legend of Veronica in Early Modern Art, forthcoming in 2020 from Routledge.

“I’ve always wanted to study at the American Academy of Rome. I’ve been up there and walked around several times. But researching there as a visiting scholar has always been a dream of mine,” said Dr. Brown. “My new book manuscript is due in December, so the timing worked out. Part of what I want to do is to retrace one of the routes through Rome where the Veronica relic was processed by Pope Innocent III in the 13th century.  I can use the libraries at the American Academy, take photographs in the city, and have some concentrated time to focus on writing.”

The American Academy in Rome, founded in 1894, is a leading American overseas center for independent studies and advanced research in the fine arts and humanities. Located atop the Janiculum Hill with panoramic views of the city, the Academy supports innovative artists, writers, and scholars living and working together in a dynamic international community. The community includes Fellows, Residents, and Visiting Artists and Scholars. 

“The representation of female saints in Early Modern works of art has always interested me,” said Dr. Brown. “I’m fascinated especially by the portrayal of Veronica, as she is a personification of her relic who was added as the Sixth Station of the Cross by the fourteenth century. Among the goals of the book are to explore how, when, and why.”

Dr. Brown's previous book, Mary of Mercy: Devotional Image and Civic Emblem, was also published by Routledge in 2017. Her first book, The Painter's Reflection: Self-portraiture in Renaissance Venice, was published in Florence by Leo S. Olschki Press in 2000. Dr. Brown, who has taught at Walsh since Fall 2011, received the Faculty Research Award in 2018.

Publications

Mary of Mercy in Medieval and Renaissance Italian Art: Devotional Image and Civic Emblem. London and NY: Routledge, 2017. (Available online here.)

The Painter's Reflection: Self-portraiture in Renaissance Venice, 1458-1625, Florence, Leo S. Olschki Press, 2000. (Available online here.)

Presentations

Viewing Veronica through the Lens of Gender, Renaissance Society of America (Hagiography Society sponsored session), Toronto, March 2019 

The Importance of Art History and Museum Studies to Medical Schools' Curricula, Medical Humanities Conference, Western Michigan University-Kalamazoo, September 2018

The Legend of Veronica and the Franciscan Construct of the Via Crucis. Renaissance Society of America, Chicago, March 30, 2017.

Dominican Adaptations of the Madonna della Misericordia. New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Sarasota FL, March 9, 2016.

Devotional Parades in Civic Places: The Origins, Iconography, and Functions of Gonfaloni in Central Italy during the Renaissance. Midwest Art History Society, Minneapolis, March 26, 2015.

Mater Misericordiae: Cult Image and Civic Symbol in the Province of Arezzo, c.1350-1575, Renaissance Society of America, New York, March 28, 2014. A version of this lecture was also delivered at the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg on Sept. 18, 2104.

From Artigiano to Divino Artista: Venetian Self-portraiture and the Rise of the Painter, New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Sarasota FL, March 6, 2014.

Anachronism, Stylistic Dialogue, and Millenarianism: Signorelli and Sodoma at Monte Oliveto Maggiore, 1497-c.1508, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2013 (IAS-sponsored session).

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