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Professor of the History of Art and Women's Studies
170B Tappan Hall 519 S. State St. Ann Arbor, Mi 48109-1357
Office Location(s): 170B Tappan Hall
Office Hours: by appointment
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Scholarly Interests: The art of Renaissance Europe (primarily Italy, France, Germany and the Netherlands) with a special focus on the representation of gender and sexuality and interdisciplinary research on the construction of authority and identity.
Patricia Simons' work, published in anthologies and peer-review journals like Art History, Renaissance Quarterly and Renaissance Studies, has investigated such issues as portraiture as a mode of fictive representation, medical discourse in relation to visual culture, the representation and reception of homoeroticism, and metaphors both visual and textual (literary or "popular"). It is distinguished for its combination of rigour and innovation, as well as for analyzing the breadth of visual and material culture, from badges to maiolica, anatomical illustration to erotic prints, life size sculpture to canonical oil paintings and frescoes. Her current projects include an examination of how gendered bodies, chiefly male, are conceptualized and visualized in premodern Europe, and a reinterpretation of the Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii.
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Ann Arbor, MI