Rebecca Zorach

Rebecca Zorach

Professor of Art History, Romance Languages, and the College
268 Cochrane-Woods Art Center

Ph.D. University of Chicago — Late medieval and Renaissance art, primarily French and Italian; gender studies, critical theory, and historiography; art in Chicago in the 1960s; contemporary art/activism. Current interests include prints, print culture, and technology; the theory and practice of collaboration; and the Black Arts Movement in Chicago.

Selected Publications

  • The Passionate Triangle. University of Chicago Press, 2011.
  • "Art & Soul: An Experimental Friendship between the Street and a Museum." Art Journal, autumn 2011.
  • The Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae Digital Collection, database and website, University of Chicago Library:
  • "A Secret Kind of Charm Not To Be Expressed or Discerned," article accepted and under revision for Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics, forthcoming summer 2009. 
  • "'Un autre respect pour les lettres des Princes': Time, Devotion and Empire in the Almanacs of the Sun King." In: Agnès Guiderdoni-Bruslé, Ralph Dekoninck, and Walter Melion, eds., Ut Pictura Meditatio: The Meditative Image in Northern Art, 1500-1700 (Brill, forthcoming).
  • "Passioni triangolari," forthcoming in Allison Levy, ed., Sex Acts: Practice, Performance, Perversion and Punishment in Early Modern Italy (Casa editrice Le Lettere, forthcoming 2009).
  • The Idol in the Age of Art, collected essays, co-edited with Michael Cole. Includes authored chapter, "Idols of the Mind: Print as material and immaterial in early Renaissance devotion" and co-authored introduction (Ashgate, forthcoming 2009).
  • "Rome Virtuelle: Présence et absence de la Ville Éternelle dans les estampes du 16e siècle," in Renaissance en France, Renaissance française?, ed. Henri Zerner and Marc Bayard, Académie de France à Rome, January 2009. 
  • "'Taken by night from its tomb': Triumph, dissent, and danse macabre in sixteenth-century France," in Elina Gertsman, ed., Visualizing Medieval Performance: Perspectives, Histories, Contexts (Ashgate, November 2008).
  • "Renaissance Theory: A Selective Introduction," in: Renaissance Theory, ed. James Elkins and Robert Williams (The Art Seminars series, Routledge and Cork University Press, April 2008).
  • The Virtual Tourist in Renaissance Rome: Printing and Collecting the Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae. Exhibition catalogue. Edited with introduction, short essays. University of Chicago Library, 2008 (distributed by University of Chicago Press).
  • "Love, Truth, Orthodoxy, Reticence: Or, What Edgar Wind Didn't See in Botticelli's Primavera," Critical Inquiry special issue On the Case: Missing Persons, vol. 34, No. 1 (Autumn 2007), pp. 190-224.
  • Blood, Milk, Ink, Gold: Abundance and Excess in the French Renaissance. December 2005, University of Chicago Press. Awarded Society for the Study of Early Modern Women 2005 Book Award (co-winner); Gustave O. Arlt Award of the Council of Graduate Schools, 2006.
  • Paper Museums: The Reproductive Print in Europe 1500-1800 (catalogue of exhibition, see below; co-editor with Elizabeth Rodini), February 2005.
  • "The French Renaissance: An Unfinished Project," chapter for Artists at Court: Image-Making and Identity 1300–1550, ed. Stephen Campbell, 2005, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
  • "'Blood upon the earth': Sacrifice and ritual in the King's Window," chapter in The Seventh Window, 2005, ed. Wim de Groot.
  • Embodied Utopias: Gender, social change, and the modern metropolis (co-editor with Amy Bingaman and Lise Sanders). Routledge, January 2002. "Introduction" (co-authored; pp. 1-12) and "Haunting the City" (section introduction, pp. 220-224).
  • "Desiring Things," Art History, Special Issue 2001, pp. 195-212; also published as Other Objects of Desire: Collectors and Collecting Queerly, ed. Michael Camille and Adrian Rifkin, Blackwell, 2002, pp. 33-50.
  • "Everything Swims with Excess: Gold and its fashioning in early modern France," Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics, Spring 2000, pp. 125-137.
  • "Tu imagen divina: The Fetishism of the Femme and her Secret in Almodóvar's Tacones lejanos," Torre de papel, Spring 2000, pp. 124-133.
  • "The Flower That Falls Before the Fruit: The Galerie François Ier at Fontainebleau and Atys Excastratus," Bibliothèque d'Humanisme et Renaissance, spring 2000, pp. 63-88.
  • "Despoiled At the Source," Art History 22:2, June 1999, pp. 244-269.
  • "The Matter of Italy: Sodomy and the Scandal of Style in Sixteenth-Century France," Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 28:3, Fall 1998, pp. 581-609.

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