Faculty Biography

John Garton

John Garton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Art History
Department of Visual and Performing Art
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: 508.793.7249
Email: jgarton@clarku.edu

Dr. Garton received a B.A. in Philosophy from Trinity University (San Antonio, TX) and Ph.D. in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. He joined the Clark faculty in the autumn of 2008.

Current Research and Teaching

Grace and GrandeurDr. Garton's interests include Renaissance and Baroque art, Latin-American Art and modern architecture. His scholarly research has focused on European portraiture, Renaissance engineering and the history of Venetian art and architecture. Dr. Garton is currently completing a study of the reception of the figural grotesque in Early Modern Europe.

Dr. Garton teaches lecture courses on Renaissance and Baroque art and Latin-American Art. His upper-level courses include art historical methods (ARTH 210, required for the art history major), and seminars on Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio and European portraiture.

Selected Publications


New Studies on Old Masters: Essays in Renaissance Art in Honour of Colin Eisler, edited by John Garton and Diane Wolfthal (Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies Press, 2011) - co-editor, co-author of the introduction, and contributing author to the collection of essays

Grace and Grandeur: the Portraiture of Paolo Veronese (Turnhout, Belgium & London: Brepols Publishing, 2008)

Exhibition Catalogues

(Contributing author) Paolo Veronese: A Master and his Workshop in Renaissance Venice, Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, December 6th, 2012 - April 14, 2013 (Sarasota: Ringling Museum Publications, forthcoming 2012) - essay on the development of portraiture in Venice and the Veneto

(Contributing author) Titian, Tintoretto, & Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, March 15th - August 16th, 2009; Musée du Louvre, September 17th, 2009 - April 1st, 2010 (Boston: MFA Publications, 2009): 196-205, 210-221 - introductory essay on portraiture and catalogue essays on three groups of portraits in the exhibition


“Paolo Veronese’s Art of Business: Painting, Investment, and the Studio as Social Nexus,” Renaissance Quarterly 65:3 (Fall 2012): 753-808.

"The Scaling Ladders of Leonardo da Vinci: Art and Engineering," inNew Studies on Old Masters: Essays in Renaissance Art in Honour of Colin Eisler (Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies Press, 2011): 159-172.

"I. M. Pei's East Building of the National Gallery," Icons of Architecture: the 20th Century (Munich: Prestel Verlag, 2005), 118-119.

"Pyramide, Le Grand Louvre," Icons of Architecture: the 20th Century (Munich: Prestel Verlag, 2005), 156-157.

"La lancia perduta di Tiziano (Titian's Lost Lance)," Arte Veneta 58 (2003): 190-194.

Book Reviews

Review of Robert Tittler's The Face of the City: Portraiture and Civic Identity in Early Modern England (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, paperback 2013). peer-reviewed journal, The Historian 76:4 (Winter 2014): 884-885.

Review of Paolo Veronese: The Petrobelli Altarpiece, ed. Xavier F. Salomon (Milan: Silvana editoriale, 2009) in College Art Association On-Line Reviews, peer-edited & series editor David G. Wilkins (August 18, 2010) http://www.caareviews.org/reviews/1502

Review of Locating Renaissance Art, ed. Carol M. Richardson (Volume Two in The Open University's textbook series Renaissance Art Reconsidered). Renaissance Quarterly 55:1 (Spring 2008): 227-229.

Review of Marianne Koos' Bildnisse des Begehrens: Das lyrische Männerporträt in der venezianischen Malerei des frühen 16. Jahrhunderts - Giorgione, Tizian und ihr Umkreis. Renaissance Quarterly 54:4 (Winter 2007): 1323-24.

Conferences/Papers/Guest Lectures

March 27, 2014 - Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, New York, organizer and chair of the session Harmonies and Disharmonies in Leonardo's Approaches to the Body: Anatomies, and presented a paper in the second session Harmonies and Disharmonies in Leonardo's Approaches to the Body: The Grotesque.  My paper was titled "Leonardo and Creative Ugliness."

July 12, 2012 - National Endowment for the Humanities Institute, Florence, institute titled Leonardo da Vinci: Between Art and Science, "Leonardo da Vinci's Early Grotesques and a Drawing in the Uffizi."

March 26, 2011 - Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, Montréal, organizer and chair of the sessionPhysiognomy, Disfigurement, and the Early Modern Grotesque.

January 27, 2011 - "Leonardo, the Portraitist," (1st lecture), "The Biographies of Leonardo da Vinci," (2nd lecture), Amarillo College, Amarillo, TX (N.E.H.-funded Annual Creative Mind Lecture Series)

April 8-9, 2010 - Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, Venice, session titledIn Honor of Colin Eisler: Little-Known Artworks and Artistic Self-consciousness, "The Siege Ladders of Leonardo da Vinci." Chaired the session In Honor of Colin Eisler: All About Venus.

October 6, 2009 - "Grace and Grandeur: The Portraiture of Paolo Veronese," Chapman University, Orange, CA

April 3, 2008 - Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, Chicago, session titledIn Honor of Loren Partridge: State Portraiture in Early Modern Europe, "Paolo Veronese's Ideal Man-at-Arms."

November 4, 2008 - "Venetian Portraiture in the Age of Veronese," College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

February 16, 2007 - College Art Association Annual Conference, New York, session organized by the Art Historians Interested in Pedagogy and Technology, "Digital Exhibitions and the Teaching of Curatorial Studies."

March 23, 2006 - Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, session titled The Other Arts in Italian Literature, "Parallel Structures in Sixteenth-Century Biography and Portraiture."

January 17, 2005 - Save Venice international advisory board for the restoration of the Church of San Sebastiano, Venice.

January 7, 2005 - Cleveland Museum of Art - Acquisitions presentation and report concerning a panel attributed to Rosso Fiorentino.

February 19, 2004 - College Art Association Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, session titled Italian Renaissance Art, "Villas and Portraits: Veronese and the Classical Tradition."

January 29, 2004 -Case Western Reserve University Art Lecture Series, "Portraiture in the Villa Barbaro at Maser."

November 6, 2002 - International University, Venice, "Paolo Veronese's Artistic Evolution in the Church of San Sebastiano."

June 23, 2002 - Syracuse University, Florence Program, "Scenography and Renaissance Painting in Venice."