The homepage of


Julia K. Dabbs, Ph.D.


Associate Professor, Art History

University of Minnesota, Morris

(320)589-6232 (office)





Office Hours (spring semester 2015):  M & W 10:30-11:30 a.m.;  T & Th 2:30-3:30


(last update:  1/9/2015)                                                  


Course Websites:


         ArtH 1101   Principles of Art


            ArtH 1801  Memorials and Memorialization (“IC” course)


                 ArtH 1121   Renaissance to Modern Art  


                ArtH 3142   Art of the Italian Renaissance (1300-1520)


             ArtH 3161   16th-Century Italian Art


                 ArtH 3171   Baroque Art (17th C. European)


                 ArtH 3191   American Art to 1900


                 ArtH 3281    Women & Art


                 ArtH 3291    Facing the Past:  Portraiture & Social History          


                 ArtH   Art and Architecture of Italy in Context [spring break study abroad, March 2010]               




         Where I Studied Art History:   As an undergrad, I double-majored in Art History and English at the University of Michigan.

          After working for five years in the library field, I realized my passion for art history was unquenched, and received my M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park, where my principal advisor was Anthony Colantuono.  My primary fields of study were 17th-century French and Italian art, and minor field Venetian Renaissance painting.    


         Research Interests:   17th-century French art and theory;  Women Artists of the Early Modern period.

         The research for my dissertation on the little-known  but significant 17th-century French sculptor, Michel Anguier, took me to Paris and other locations in France.  I have published some of this research (see below), but the current focus of my research is on another topic altogether – the life stories and artworks of women artists in early modern Europe. I’m working on two book projects:

          one on women artists & old age, and a book concerning the 19th-century American artist May Alcott Nieriker and her publication on Studying Art Abroad and How To Do It Cheaply (1879).





-      “‘Humoring’ the Antique:  Michel Anguier and the Physiological Interpretation of Ancient Greek Sculpture,” in Critical Perspectives on Early Modern Roman Sculpture,  eds. Anthony Colantuono and Steven F. Ostrow (Penn State University Press, 2014).


-      “The Multivalence of May Alcott Nieriker’s Studying Art Abroad and How To Do It CheaplyStudies in Travel Writing, vol. 16 no.3 (Sept. 2012):303-314.



-      Vision and Insight:  Portraits of the Aged Woman Artist, 1500-1800,” invited essay for Occasion: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities (Stanford Univ. Press), vol. 4 (May 31 2012) 



-      Life Stories of Women Artists, 1550-1800: an Anthology (Ashgate, 2009; second printing, 2012).

Reviewed in:  Art Libraries Society of North America (2010); Feminist Collections, Vol. 31, No 4 (Fall 2010);  The Art Book, vol. 17, no. 4 (Nov. 2010);  Early Modern Women: an Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 7 (2012).


- “Anecdotal Insights:  Changing Perceptions of Italian Women Artists in 18th-century Life Stories,” Eighteenth-Century Women, vol. 5 (2008): 29-51.



- “Sex, Lies, and Anecdotes:  Gender Relations in the Life Stories of Italian Women Artists, 1550-1800,”  Aurora: The Journal of the History of Art

          vol. VI (2005):17-37.


-  Characterizing the Passions: Michel Anguier’s Challenge to Le Brun’s Theory of Expression.” Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, vol. LXV (May 2003).


-  Entries for “Anguier, François,” “Anguier, Michel,” “de’Rossi, Properzia,” “Sarrazin, Jacques,” and “François Girardon’s Apollo and the Nymphs of Thetis,” in the Encyclopedia of Sculpture (Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2003).


-        Entries on Guido Reni, Johannes Vermeer, and Jean-Antoine Watteau in Absolutism and the Scientific Revolution 1600-1720:  An Interdiciplinary Biographical Dictionary, ed. Christopher Baker (Greenwood Press, 2002).


-  “Embodying Ethos:  Anguier, Poussin, and the Concept of Corporal Expression in the French Academy  Ph. D. dissertation, University of Maryland at College Park, 1999 (Advisor:  Prof. Anthony Colantuono).


-        “Not Mere Child’s Play:  Jacques Stella’s Jeux et plaisirs de l’enfance,” Gazette des Beaux-Arts, CXXV (May-June 1995):303-312.



         Other Art History Experience:   prior to coming to UMM in 2000, I had temporary teaching positions at other excellent liberal arts colleges, such as Hollins University (Roanoke VA), Kenyon College (Gambier OH) and Loyola College in Maryland.  During grad school I had two museum fellowships at the National Gallery of Art, where I assisted with research for exhibitions dealing with Old Master drawings, and Italian Baroque painting.  I’ve also done contract work as a researcher for the Newseum (Arlington, VA). 








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