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Maria Ruvoldt

Chair and Associate Professor of Art History

Art History, Faculty, Photo

Lowenstein 423D
Fordham University - Lincoln Center Campus
113 W. 60th Street
New York, NY 10023

Phone: 212-636-6229

Office Hours: LC: Fri-9:00-11:00am; RH: Mon-12-1:00pm; and by appointment


BA Smith College; MA, MPhil, PhD Columbia University


Italian Renaissance


Maria Ruvoldt joined the faculty at Fordham in Fall 2007. She is a specialist in Italian Renaissance art. Maria previously taught at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum Master's Program in the History of Decorative Art, and at the Bard Graduate Center. She was also a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

Courses Taught

Introduction to History Art: Europe (ARHI 1101); Renaissance Portraits (ARHI 2430); Michelangelo (ARHI 3455); Senior Seminar (ARHI 4600)

Selected Publications

The Italian Renaissance Imagery of Inspiration: Metaphors of Sex, Sleep, and Dreams (Cambridge University Press, 2004).

"Michelangelo's Dream." Art Bulletin 85 (2003): 86-113.

"Sacred to Secular, East to West: The Renaissance Studiolo and Strategies of Display" Renaissance Studies 20 (2006): 640-657.

"Responding to the Renaissance," in Renaissance Theory, ed. James Elkins and Robert Williams (London: Routledge, forthcoming 2008).

"Decorative Arts in Italy 1400-1600," in A History of the Decorative and Applied Arts and Design, 1400-2000, ed. Susan Weber Soros and Pat Kirkham (New Haven: Yale University Press, forthcoming 2009).