Bernadine Barnes

Bernadine Barnes

Bernadine Barnes
Department Chair, Professor
Renaissance Art History
(336) 758-5303
Office: Scales Fine Arts Center 106


Bernadine Barnes teaches the history of art in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. She is particularly interested in how artists direct their works toward specific types of viewers or buyers, and how critics articulate the expectations of various audiences. Her most recent book, Michelangelo and the Viewer in his Time, shows how Michelangelo himself considered settings and viewers in designing works like the David, the Sistine Chapel ceiling, and St. Peter’s.  Her other interests include representations of women in the Renaissance, artists as entrepreneurs, and cultural encounters in the Early Modern Mediterranean.

Selected Publications

Michelangelo and the Viewer in his Time (London: Reaktion Books, 2017).

•“The Understanding of a Woman: Vittoria Colonna and Michelangelo’s Christ and the Samaritan Woman,” Renaissance Studies, forthcoming, summer, 2013.

Michelangelo in Print: Reproductions as Response in the Sixteenth Century (Farnham, England; Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2010).

•“Skin, Bones, and Dust: On the Self-Portraits in Michelangelo’s Last Judgment,” Sixteenth Century Journal, 35 (2004), 969-986.

Michelangelo’s Last Judgment: The Renaissance Response (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998).

EVA / AVE: Women in Renaissance and Baroque Prints (Washington and New York, 1990). Co-author with H. Diane Russell.

•“Aretino, the Public, and the Censorship of the Last Judgment,” in Suspended Licenses: Studies in Censorship and the Visual Arts, ed. Elizabeth Childs (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1997), 59-84.

•“Metaphorical Painting: Michelangelo, Dante, and the Last Judgment,” Art Bulletin 77 (1995), 64-81.


ART 103. History of Western Art.
ART 258. The History of Prints.
ART 266. Art in the Age of Giotto, Dante, and the Plague
ART 267. Early Italian Renaissance Art.
ART 268. High Renaissance and Mannerist Art
ART 270. Northern Renaissance Art.
ART 272. Baroque Art
ART 394. Issues in Art History.
ART 396. Art History Seminar. Topics vary. Past seminar topics include “Cities of Art: Florence, Rome, Venice” and “Leonardo and his World.”