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Vaccaro named visiting professor at Villa I Tatti-The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies

Friday, March 28, 2014

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UT Arlington Art Professor Mary Vaccaro has been appointed to serve as the 2014-2015 Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Visiting Professor in Art History at Villa I Tatti-The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies outside Florence, Italy. She begins her residence in spring 2015.

Mary Vaccaro

Mary Vaccaro, art professor in the UT Arlington College of Liberal Arts.

Vaccaro is an authority on Italian Renaissance art, especially 16th century northern Italian painting and drawing. She returns to Villa I Tatti, having earned one of 15 annual post-doctoral fellowships at the institute early in her career.

“I am most honored to be returning to the remarkable institution that helped to cultivate my passion and understanding as an art historian, especially the skills in connoisseurship for which Bernard Berenson (who bequeathed Villa I Tatti to Harvard) was renowned,” said Vaccaro, a distinguished scholar in the UT Arlington College of Liberal Arts.

“I look forward with great enthusiasm to continuing my research on old Master drawings and to engaging more broadly with the vibrant I Tatti community of scholars on all facets of Renaissance studies,” she said.

Beth Wright, dean of the UT Arlington College of Liberal Arts, said the Villa I Tatti appointment places Vaccaro in the most respected circles for art research and academic excellence.

“Dr. Vaccaro’s well-deserved international reputation as a leading scholar in Italian Renaissance studies is evident not only in such prestigious research awards as this one, but in the solicitation of her expertise by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Royal Museums of Belgium,” Wright said. “Dr. Vaccaro’s work will benefit our international and American colleagues and students and elevate our research reputation around the globe.”

Vaccaro is one of only five Americans to be recognized in the visiting professor category. A total of 35 appointees have been selected for the next academic year. They represent all four major areas of research at I Tatti – art history, history, literature and musicology – and come from 13 different countries.

Although part of Harvard, I Tatti is not within any other division of the university and functions as an independent, allied institution. The program is viewed as one of the foremost institutions for advanced research in the humanities in the world.

Vaccaro joined UT Arlington in 1994. She was a 2013 recipient of the UT Arlington Academy of Distinguished Scholars. She received the Texas Fund for Curatorial Research grant in 2012 and 2011 for travel abroad when she examined Italian pre-1600 drawings in French regional collections.

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