Professor at the University of New Hampshire, Patricia Emison is the author of several books on the Italian Renaissance, including ^The Italian Renaissance and Cultural Memory^ (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and a book on the discipline of art history, ^The Shaping of Art History^ (Penn State, 2008). She has organized or contributed to a number of exhibitions, most recently ^Myth, Allegory and Faith: The Kirk Edward Long Collection of Mannerist Prints,^ curated by Bernard Barryte, Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University, 2015, and ^Marcantonio Raimondi and Raphael, ^ curated by Edward Wouk, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK, 2016. Her chapter in A Cultural History of Memory, 6 vols., eds. Alessandro Arcangeli and Marek Tamm (Stefan Berger and Jeffrey Olick, general editors), 2020, is titled ``Ideas: Philosophy, Religion, History, 1450-1700.'' ^Moving Pictures and Renaissance Art History,^ was published by Amsterdam University Press, 2021. ^Art and its Observers,^ was published by Vernon Press, 2022. ^The Long Picturesque, from Renaissance revisionists to the mobile movie camera^ is under contract to Palgrave Macmillan.

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Courses Taught

  • ARTH 400: Top in Art History/Art Writers
  • ARTH 444: Hon/Intro Renaissance Culture
  • ARTH 480: Introduction to Art History
  • ARTH 583: Baroque Art
  • ARTH 681: Early Renaissance Art
  • ARTH 695/795: Top in Art Hist/ Prints & Film
  • ARTH 796: Independent Study: Art History
  • ARTS 400: Topics in Art Hist/Art Writers
  • ARTS 682: The High Renaissance
  • ARTS 700H: Honors Seminar


  • Ph.D., Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University
  • M.A., Columbia University
  • M.Phil., Columbia University
  • B.A., Bryn Mawr College

Research Interests

  • Art History of the Renaissance
  • Film history
  • Printmaking

Selected Publications

  • Emison, P. (2021). Moving Pictures and Renaissance Art History. Amsterdam University Press. Retrieved from

  • Emison, P. (2016). Marcantonio Raimondi, Raphael, and the Image Multiplied.

  • Emison, P. (2012). The Italian Renaissance and cultural memory. Cambridge University Press.

  • Emison, P. (2008). Developing a twenty-first century perspective on the Renaissance. Renaissance Theory.

  • Emison, P. (2008). The shaping of art history: meditations on a discipline. Penn State Press.

  • Emison, P. (2006). The Arts in Replication. In J. Paoletti, & R. Crum (Eds.), Renaissance Florence: A Social History.