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Andrew Graciano

Associate Professor, Associate Director, Graduate Director
Art History
School of Visual Art and Design
University of South Carolina

Office MM 316
Phone Number 777-6631

Education: PhD, University of Virginia, 2002



Visualizing the Body in Art, Anatomy and Medicine since 1800: Models and Modelling (forthcoming, Routledge Press, 2018-19).

Exhibiting Outside the Academy, Salon and Biennial, 1775-1999: Alternative Venues for Display (Ashgate, 2015).

Joseph Wright, Esq.: Painter and Gentleman (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012).


Articles and Chapters:

“The Politics of Skin and Bones in Adriaan de Lelie’s Anatomy Lesson of Andreas Bonn (1792) and Beyond,” in Graciano, ed. Visualizing the Body in Art, Anatomy and Medicine since 1800: Models and Modelling (forthcoming).

“An 18th-Century Electrical Machine and the Re-identification of a Portrait at the National Portrait Gallery, London,” (manuscript under review, 2017).

“Pride, Anger, Humor and Sympathy in the Correspondence of Joseph Wright of Derby,” in Facts and Feelings: Retracing Emotions of Artists, 1600-1800, eds. H. Magnus and K. Van der Stighelen (Brepols, 2015): pp. 40-50.

“Observation, Imitation and Emulation in An Academy by Lamplight by Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-97),” British Art Journal (XIV: 3, 2013): pp. 36-41.

“The Memoir of Benjamin Wilson, FRS (1721-1788): Painter and Electrical Scientist,” The 74th Volume of the Walpole Society (2012): pp. 165-243.


About me

I am particularly interested in the relationships among art, science, economics and politics in the Age of Enlightenment in Europe. It is for this reason that the scope of my research goes beyond that of traditional art history and incorporates other histories, including especially those of medicine and natural philosophy (science in its broadest sense). The interdisciplinary methodology of my research reflects my academic up-bringing, having worked closely with Professor Christopher Johns (Vanderbilt, Art History) and Professor Karen Parshall (UVA, History and Mathematics).



ARTH 327 Eighteenth-Century European Art

ARTH 330 Nineteenth-Century European Art

500/700-level 18th/19th C. seminar topics: Art and Science; Women and the Arts; Art and Ideas; Art and Anatomy; Landscape and National Identity; Art and Politics; Portraiture.