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C. Jean CampbellProfessor


Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1992

Research Interests

  • Vernacular poetics and the visual arts in late medieval and Renaissance Italy
  • Imitative practice and the knowledge cultures of the early Renaissance
  • Portraiture and biographical fiction

Selected Publications



The Commonwealth of Nature: Art and Poetic Community in the Age of Dante, (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2008).


The Game of Courting and the Art of the Commune of San Gimignano, 1290-1320, (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998).

Recent Articles

“Grace in the Making: Carlo Crivellli and the Techniques of Devotion,” in Carlo Crivelli and the Adriatic Renaissance, ed. Stephen J. Campbell, exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, forthcoming 2015).

“Vasari in Practice or How to Build a Tomb and Make it Work”, in Remembering the Middle Ages in Early Modern Italy, eds. Lorenzo Pericolo and Jessica Richardson (Turnhout: Brepols, forthcoming 2015).

“Portraiture,” in Oxford Bibliographies Online: Renaissance and Reformation, ed. Margaret King, 2013.

“Poetic Genealogies and the Weight of Style: Boccaccio and the Early Italian Painters,” in Gifts in Return: Essays in Honor of Charles Dempsey, ed. Melinda Schlitt (Toronto: Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, 2012).

“Petrarch’s Italy, Sovereign Poetry and the Hand of Simone Martini,” in The Transformation of Vernacular Expression in Early Modern Arts and Scholarship, eds. Joost Keizer, Todd Richardson, Sophie van Romburgh (Leiden: Brill, 2011).

“Simone Martini, Petrarch and the Vernacular Poetics of Early Renaissance Art,” in Dialogues in Art History, from Mesopotamian to Modern: Readings for a New Century, ed. Elizabeth Cropper, Papers from the Symposium organized for the 25th Anniversary of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (Washington: National Gallery of Art, 2009).

Current Projects

“Pisanello’s Parerga: Imitative Practice, Invention and Knowledge in the Fifteenth Century,” book in progress

"Simone Martini and the Origins of Vernacular Style," book in progress.

Recent Seminars

Books of the Art; Praise, Prayer and the Image of the Virgin; On Meaning in Renaissance Art; Portraiture as Method