Jack Greenstein

Visual Arts

Jack M. Greenstein is author of Mantegna and Painting as Historical Narrative (University of Chicago Press, 1992) and articles on Leonardo's La Gioconda, Ambrogio Lorenzetti's Sala della Pace Frescoes, Michelangelo's Last Judgment, Leon Battista Alberti's commentary On Painting, temporalities of the face in Renaissance portrait painting, time in pictorial narrative, composition and perspective in Renaissance theory, and the concept of iconicity in Aristotle and in modern semiotics. He has published in such leading journals as The Art Bulletin, Art History, Artibus et Historiae, The Burlington Magazine, Print Collector's Newsletter, Public, Viator, and Word & Image. A member of the Visual Arts faculty at UCSD since 1982, he has also taught at Northwestern University and at the University of Pennsylvania. Besides grants from the Academic Senate and the Chancellor's Office, he has been awarded fellowships by the American Philosophical Society and the NEH. In 1992-93, he was a full-term member of the School of History Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Like his scholarship, Greenstein's teaching looks at the consistencies, disparities and tensions between theory and practice in late medieval and Renaissance art. For lower-division students, he teaches Introduction to Art History, Information Technologies in Art History and Freshman seminars. For upper-division students, he offers lecture courses on Renaissance Art, Italian Art of the Early Renaissance, Defining High Renaissance Art, Michelangelo, and, with John Marino, The City in Italy. His seminars for advanced undergraduate and graduate students include Mona Lisa and Narrative Structures in Painting, Recent and scheduled seminars for Ph.D. students include Renaissance Portrait Painting, Theories of Representation, and Rethinking Art History.

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