Patricia Emison

Phone: (603) 862-1409
Office: Art & Art History, Paul Creative Arts Center, Durham, NH 03824
Patricia Emison

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), forthcoming, is titled ``Ideas: Philosophy, Religion, History, 1450-1700.'' Her book about the history of Renaissance art as a foundation for studying the history of cinema, 1920-65, Moving Pictures and Renaissance Art History, has been accepted by Amsterdam University Press. She holds a Ph.D from Columbia University and a B.A. in art history and philosophy from Bryn Mawr College. CV at:


  • Ph.D., Art, Columbia University in the City of New York
  • Ph.D., Art History,Criticism&Conserv., Columbia University in the City of New York
  • M.A., Columbia University in the City of New York
  • M.Phil., Columbia University in the City of New York
  • B.A., Bryn Mawr College

Research Interests

  • Art History of the Renaissance
  • Film history
  • Printmaking

Courses Taught

  • ARTS 444: Hon/Mona Lisa to Romeo&Juliet
  • ARTS 480: Introduction to Art History
  • ARTS 681: Early Renaissance Art
  • ARTS 683: Baroque Art
  • ARTS 695: Special Topics/Leonardo

Selected Publications

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.