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C. Jean CampbellDepartment ChairProfessor


  • 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, 2015), 38-55

“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, 2015), 43-65

“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), 41-68

“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), 27-57

“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), 207-221

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