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Dr. Mary Vaccaro concludes year-long Faculty Development Leave


Dr. Vaccaro recently concluded a year-long Faculty Development Leave during which time she also held the J. Clawson Mills Senior Research Fellowship in residence at the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of New York. During her stint in New York, she had extraordinary access to original works of art and, on the basis on her expertise, was able to re-attribute several drawings in the Metropolitan Museum permanent collection. One of her discoveries was featured in a full-length article in the newsletter of the Metropolitan Museum of Art last fall. She is preparing a related scholarly article for publication.

Dr. Vaccaro's article about the reattribution of another Italian drawing in the French regional museum in Rennes recently saw publication. It's titled ?Un dessin r?attribu? ? Bernardino Gatti dans les collections du muse des Beaux-arts de Rennes,? published in the major French-language journal for French museums, La Revue du Louvre, La Revue des Mus?es de France (February 2008).

Two full-length articles in the Gazzetta di Parma, the newspaper of Parma, Italy (2 June and 23 June 2008), featured the recent discoveries by Dr Vaccaro, described therein as “una studiosa statiunitense amante della pittura parmigiana rinascimentale e autrice di un libro di successo sul Parmigianino” [“a US scholar in love with the painting of Renaissance Parma and author of a successful book on Parmigianino”] : specifically, her reattribution of a drawing in the Uffizi to an artist from the circle of Correggio (published in the Burlington Magazine, 2007) and her use of unpublished notices in the baptismal registers of Parma to reconstruct social networks among artists in 16th-century Parma (published in Renaissance Studies, 2007).

In June 2008, Dr Vaccaro was invited (sole guest) by the Director of the Civic Museums of Parma, Italy, to give, and gave, a lecture at the Pinacoteca Stuard in Parma, Italy. She spoke about drawings (some of which she has discovered) for the 16th-century decoration of the choir of Parma Cathedral. Her talk (which she gave in Italian) was titled: “Correggio e il suo tempo. Giorgio Gandini del Grano tra Allegri e Bedoli nel Duomo di Parma.”