The homepage of
Julia K. Dabbs, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Art History
Office Hours: I AM ON SABBATICAL for the 2013-14 academic year, so I will not be in my UMM office. If you need to contact me, feel free to do so via email. Thank you!!
(last update: 7/12/2013)
ArtH 1801 Memorials and Memorialization (“IC” course)
ArtH Art and Architecture of Italy in Context [spring break study abroad, March 2010]
I Studied Art History: As
an undergrad, I double-majored in Art History and English at the
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
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 (forthcoming, Penn State University Press, 2014).
- “The Multivalence of May Alcott Nieriker’s Studying Art Abroad and How To Do It Cheaply” Studies 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) http://occasion.stanford.edu/node/95.
- 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 (
- “Embodying Ethos:
and the Concept of Corporal Expression in the
- “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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