Bernadine Barnes


Bernadine Barnes
Renaissance Art History
Core Faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies
(336) 758-5303
Office: Scales Fine Arts Center 108

AboutBernadine Barnes teaches the history of art in the Early Modern period, that is, 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 research has been focused on the art of Michelangelo and responses to it in prints and criticism. Her publications include Michelangelo’s Last Judgment: The Renaissance Response and Michelangelo in Print. Other interests include images of women in the Renaissance (she was co-curator of an exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington called EVA/AVE: Images of Women in Renaissance and Baroque Art); artists as entrepreneurs, and cultural encounters in the Early Modern Mediterranean.
Selected Publications

•“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.

CoursesART 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.”