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Professor Mary Vaccaro
Associate Professor, Department of Art & Art History

299 Fine Arts
(ph): 817.272.2800
(fax): 817.272.2805


Ph.D. – Columbia University, 1994
M.A. – Columbia University, 1987
B.A. – Williams College, 1986


Current Research

Professor Vaccaro’s research involves sixteenth-century Italian painting and drawing, especially in the so-called School of Parma. She is deeply committed to the study of original works of art, and her research seeks to combine traditional methodologies, such as connoisseurship, with more contextual and interdisciplinary analyses such as literary, social, and gender studies. Her current major project is a study of the use and exchange of drawings among artists working in the sixteenth-century northern Italian town of Parma, for which she was awarded a research fellowship to conduct research in residence at the Department of Drawings and Prints of the Metropolitan Museum of Art during the academic year 2007-2008.


Recent Publications

Un dessin réattribué à Bernardino Gatti dans les collections du musée des Beaux-arts de Rennes,” Revue du Louvre: le revue des musées de France (2008)

"A Drawing from the Circle of Correggio in the Uffizi," The Burlington Magazine 149 (2007): 472-478.

"Artists as godfathers: Parmigianino and Correggio in the baptismal registers of Parma Cathedral," Renaissance Studies 21 (2007): 366-376

"Parmigianino's Virgins in Santa Maria della Steccata: Wise or Foolish?" in Belle Arti, Saggi di Storia e di Stile, ed. M. C. Chiusa, Electa, Milan, 2005, pp. 41-47

Parmigianino: The Paintings (Italian edition, Parmigianino: I Dipinti) by M. Vaccaro. Umberto Allemandi & C., Turin and London, 2002.

Parmigianino: The Drawings (Italian edition, Parmigianino: I Disegni), by S. Béguin, M. DiGiampaolo, and M. Vaccaro. Published by Umberto Allemandi & C., Turin and London, 2000

"Parmigianino and Andrea Baiardi: figuring Petrarchan beauty in Renaissance Parma," Word & Image 17 (2001): 243-258


Teaching Interests

Renaissance and Baroque Art (especially Italian Renaissance art in context)
Old Master Drawings and Prints
Methods in the History of Art
Art of Antiquity

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