Faculty & Staff Directory
Anna Swartwood House
School of Visual Art and Design
University of South Carolina
PhD, Princeton University, 2011
MA, Princeton University, 2004
BA, Trinity University, 2002
My research focuses on intersections between Renaissance art and artists north and south of the Alps; artists’ biographies; and the reception of art. I am currently completing a book, based on my doctoral dissertation, that proposes a new understanding of the contributions of the Sicilian painter Antonello da Messina (c. 1430-1479) through the perspective of historiography and reception.
A second book project treats the frescoed façade—the painted, public “face” of a building, often a residence—in Renaissance Italy. I want to know why there are so many painted buildings from the period 1500-1700; how they determined the “look” of a city for an visitor as well as for a resident; and how artists used them as stores of motifs and ideas.
I teach courses on Renaissance and Baroque art in both Italy and the “North” (roughly, modern-day France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium), as well as the introductory art history survey.