Arnold Victor Coonin is currently the James F. Ruffin Professor of Art History at Rhodes College. A graduate of Oberlin College, he earned his Master’s at Syracuse University in Florence and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University. Professor Coonin has been a Fulbright Fellow and a recipient of grants from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, among others. He has published widely on Italian Renaissance painting and sculpture, with numerous encyclopedia and catalogue entries, and articles appearing in distinguished journals such as The Burlington Magazine, The Metropolitan Museum Journal and Artibus et Historiae. He is currently working on a major book-length study of Michelangelo’s famous statue of David and is editing two volumes of scholarly essays to appear shortly. Professor Coonin lives in midtown Memphis with his wife, two children, a dog, two cats, and six fish.
Professor Coonin′s Vita (PDF)
1990 M.A., Syracuse University
1986 B.A., Oberlin College
- Art 151 - HISTORY OF WESTERN ART
- Art 221 - ART AND SPIRITUALITY IN THE MIDDLE AGES
- Art 223 - ITALIAN RENAISSANCE ART
- Art 226 - NORTHERN RENAISSANCE ART
- Art 228 - BAROQUE:CARAVGGIO TO REMBRANDT
- Art 265 - TOPICS IN ART HISTORY
- Art 356 - MICHELANGELO
- Art 365 - TOPIC:ITALIAN PAINTING EXHIBIT
- Art 365 - TOPIC:VENICE ART& ARCHITECTURE
- Art 399 - TUTORIAL FOR HONORS CANDIDATES
- Art 461 - MUSEUM / GALLERY INTERNSHIP
- Art 485 - SENIOR SEMINAR
- Art 495 - HONORS TUTORIAL
Editor, Old Masters in Context: Romanino’s Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine, Exhibition Catalogue, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, 2003.
Editor, A Scarlett Renaissance: Essays in Honor of Sarah McHam, Italica Press, 2013 [In preparation]
Michelangelo’s David: A Biography [manuscript in progress]
“Donatello, Desiderio da Settignano, and the Martelli” in Desiderio da Settignano, eds. J. Connors, A. Nova, B. Paolozzi Strozzi, and G. Wolf, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz-Max-Planck-Institut and Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Venice, Italy, 2011, pp. 43-60.
“Dedicated Spaces: An Introduction to Tuscan Chapels,” in Chapels of Italy From The Twelfth to The Eighteenth Centuries: Art, Religion, Patronage, and Identity, ed. Lilian H. Zirpolo, WAPACC organization, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, 2010, pp. 129-154.
The Most Elusive Woman in Renaissance Art: A Portrait of Marietta Strozzi,” Artibus et Historiae, 59, XXX, 2009, pp. 41-64.
“Vittorio Ghiberti and the frame of the South Doors of the Florence Baptistery,” Sculpture Journal, 18.1, 2009, pp. 38-51.
“Dopo Lorenzo: On the Ghiberti Family Workshop,” Italian Art, Society, and Politics: A Festschrift for Rab Hatfield, ed. Barbara Daimling, Jonathan K. Nelson, and Gary M. Radke, Syracuse University Press, 2007, pp. 83-98.
“The Allure of Romanino’s Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine,” Old Masters in Context: Romanino’s Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine, exh. Cat., Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, 2003, 1-13.
“The Interaction of Painting and Sculpture in the Art of Perugino” Artibus et Historiae, 47, 2003, 103-120.
“New Documents Concerning Perugino′s Workshop in Florence,” Burlington Magazine, CXLI, 1999, 100-104.
“Picturing St Francis: An Introduction to His Image in Art,” The Brooks Museum Bulletin: Essays on the Collection, III, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN, 1999.
“Desiderio da Settignano′s Tabernacle of the Sacrament,” by Andrew Butterfield and Caroline Elam, with a contribution from Victor Coonin, Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz, 43, 2/3, 1999, 333-357.
“Sacred Art in Private Space: Examples from the Kress Collection,” The Brooks Museum Bulletin: Essays on the Collection, II, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN, 1996, 19-23.
“New Documents Concerning Desiderio da Settignano and Annalena Malatesta,” Burlington Magazine, CXXXVII, 1995, 792-799.
"Portrait Busts of Children in Quattrocento Florence," Metropolitan Museum Journal, XXX, 1995, 61-71.
"An Interview with Donald Posner," Rutgers Art Review, 12/13, 1992, 89-102.
"Eleonora di Toledo and Bronzino," Syracuse University Florence Symposium Papers, II, 1989-90.
Encyclopedia and Catalogue Entries
“Flora,” “Jephthah and His Daughter,” “Christ Surrounded by Angels (The Resurrection),” “The Finding of Moses,” “The Last Supper,” “The Battle of the Lapiths and Centaurs,” by Sebastiano Ricci, in Venice in the Age of Canaletto, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 2010.
“Angela Merici,” Great Lives from History: 1454-1600, Pasadena, CA, Salem Press, 2004.
“Michelangelo paints the Sistine Chapel,” Great Events from History: 1454-1600, Pasadena, CA, Salem Press, 2004.
“Relief with Putto,” Masterpieces of Renaissance Art: Eight Rediscoveries, exh. cat., Salander O’Reilly Galleries, New York, 2001. Reprinted in Italian Sculpture from the Gothic to the Baroque, New York, 2002.
“Desiderio da Settignano” and “Desiderio da Settignano: Tomb of Carlo Marsuppini” in The Encyclopedia of Sculpture, Antonia Boström, ed., Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, Chicago, 2001.
“Andrea Pisano,” “Giovanni Pisano,” “Nicola Pisano,” “Andrea della Robbia,” “Giovanni della Robbia,” “Luca della Robbia,” “Jacopo della Quercia,” “Lorenzo Ghiberti,” “Michelozzo di Bartolomeo,” “Benedetto da Maiano,” “Mino da Fiesole,” “Rossellino, Antonio and Bernardo,” “Desiderio da Settignano,” “Francesco di Giorgio Martini,” “Bertoldo di Giovanni,” “Lombardo Family,” “Daniele da Volterra,” Encyclopedia Americana, 2000.
Book and Exhibition Reviews (excluding Choice)
“Antico: The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes,” Review essay in The Sculpture Journal, 2012 [forthcoming].
“An Antiquity of Imagination: Tullio Lombardo and Venetian High Renaissance Sculpture,” Review essay in The Sculpture Journal 19.1, 2010, pp. 152-154.
“Desiderio da Settignano: Sculptor of Renaissance Florence,” Exhibition Review, Musée du Louvre, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, National Gallery of Art, Italian Art Society Newsletter, Fall 2007, pp. 3-4.
Commissioned review of The Art of Renaissance Italy, 1400 to 1600, McGraw-Hill, publishers, 2005.
Commissioned review for Prentice Hall for revised edition of James Snyder, Medieval Art, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1989. 2004.
“Review of Giovanni Ciappelli and Patricia Lee Rubin, editors, Art, Memory, and Family in Renaissance Florence, Cambridge, 2000,” in CAA.Reviews, 2001.
Commissioned review for Prentice Hall of Greek Art and Archaeology, by J.G. Pedley, 2nd ed., Upper Saddle River, NJ, 1998. 2000.
“Review of Alison Luchs, Tullio Lombardo and Ideal Portrait Sculpture in Renaissance Venice, 1490-1530, Cambridge, 1995,” in Renaissance Quarterly, LI, 1998, 622-624.
Book Reviews for Choice: Current reviews for Academic Libraries; A publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries
“Review of Bernini’s Beloved: A Portrait of Costanza Piccolomini by Sarah McPhee, New Haven and London, 2012,” in Choice, 2012.
“Review of The Badia of Florence: Art and Observance in a Renaissance Monastery, by Anne Leader, Indiana University Press, 2012,” in Choice, 2012.
“Review of The Young Leonardo: Art and Life in Fifteenth-Century Florence, by Larry J. Feinberg, Cambridge, 2011,” in Choice, 2011.
Review of Caravaggio & His Followers in Rome, edited by David Franklin and Sebastian Schütze, Yale University Press, 2011,” in Choice, 2011.
“Review of Florence and Baghdad: Renaissance Art and Arab Science, by Hans Belting, Harvard University Press, 2011,” in Choice, 2011.
“Review of Domenico Bernini, The Life of Gian Lorenzo Bernini: A Translation and Critical Edition, with Introduction and Commentary, by Franco Mormando, Penn State U. Press, 2011,” in Choice, 2011.
“Review of Representing History, 900-1300: Art, Music, History, ed. by Robert A. Maxwell, Penn State U. Press, 2010,” in Choice, 2011.
“Review of Ambitious Form: Giambologna, Ammanati, and Danti in Florence, by Michael W. Cole, Princeton University Press, 2010,” in Choice, 2011.”
“Review of Young Michelangelo: The Path to the Sistine: A Biography, by John T. Spike, Vendome Press, 2010,” in Choice, 2011.
“Review of Albrecht Dürer by Norbert Wolf, Prestel USA, 2010,” in Choice, 2011.
“Review of Becoming Venetian: Immigrants and the Arts in Early Modern Venice, by Blake de Maria, Yale, 2010,” in Choice, 2010.
“Review of Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man, by Martin Clayton and Ron Philo, J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010,” in Choice, 2010.
“Review of Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture, edited by Gary M. Radke, Yale University Press, 2009,” in Choice, 2010.
Review of The Mirror, the Window, and the Telescope: How Renaissance Linear Perspective Changed Our Vision of the Universe by Samuel Y. Edgerton, Cornell U. Press, 2009,” in Choice, 2009.
“Review of The Craftsman Revealed: Adriaen de Vries, Sculptor in Bronze, by Jane Bassett, et. al., Getty Publications, Los Angeles, 2008,” in Choice, 2008.
“Review of The Jew in the Art of the Italian Renaissance, by Dana E. Katz, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 2008,” in Choice, 2008.
“Review of The Gates of Paradise: Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Renaissance Masterpiece, ed. By Gary M. Radke, Yale U. Press, New Haven and London, 2007,” in Choice, 2007.
“Review of Desiderio da Settignano: Sculptor of Renaissance Florence, ed. by Marc Bormand, Beatrice Paolozzi Strozzi, and Nicholas Penny, 5 Continents Editions, Musée du Louvre, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, National Gallery of Art, 2007” in Choice, 2007.
“Review of Piero di Cosimo by Dennis Geronimus, New Haven, Yale University Press, 2006,” in Choice, 2007.
“Review of Set in Stone: The Face in Medieval Sculpture, ed. Charles T. Little with essay by Willibald Sauerländer, Metropolitan Museum of Art/Yale, New Haven and London, 2006,” in Choice, 2007.
“Review of Giorgio Vasari, The Life of Michelangelo, introd. by David Hemsoll, London, 2006,” in Choice, 2006.
“Review of Ascanio Condivi, The Life of Michelangelo, introd. by Charles Robertson, London, 2006,” in Choice, 2006.
Review of Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal, Building St. Peter’s by R.A. Scotti, Penguin Group, New York, 2006,” in Choice, 2006.
“Review of Lorenzo de’ Medici: Collector and Antiquarian, by Laurie Fusco and Gino Corti, Cambridge University Press, 2006” in Choice, 2006.
“Review of Florentine Villas in the Fifteenth Century: An Architectural and Social History, by Amanda Lillie, Cambridge University Press, 2005” in Choice, 2005.
“Review of Masters of Italian Baroque Painting: The Detroit Institute of Arts, by R. Ward Bissell, Andria Derstine, and Dwight Miller, The Detroit Institute of Arts, 2005,” in Choice, 2005.
“Review of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, an the Renaissance in Florence, ed. By David Franklin with Louis A. Waldman and Andrew Butterfield, Yale University Press, 2005,” in Choice, 2005.
“Review of Michelangelo’s Last Judgment, edited by Marcia B. Hall, Cambridge University Press, 2005,” in Choice, 2005.
“Review of Changing Patrons: Social Identity and the Visual Arts in Renaissance Florence, by Jill Burke, University Park, PA, 2004,” in Choice, 2004.
“Review of I, Michelangelo, by Georgia Illetschko, Prestel, New York, 2004,” in Choice, 2004.
“Review of Math and the Mona Lisa: the art and science of Leonardo da Vinci, by Atalay, Bülent, Smithsonian Books, Washington, 2004,” in Choice, 2004.
“Review of St. Mark′s: The Art and Architecture of Church and State in Venice, ed. by Ettore Vio. Riverside Book Company, 2003,” in Choice, 2004.
“Review of Large bronzes in the Renaissance, ed. by Peta Motture. National Gallery of Art and Yale University Press, 2003,” in Choice, 2004.
“Review of Reactions to the master: Michelangelo′s effect on art and artists in the sixteenth century, ed. by Francis Ames-Lewis and Paul Joannides. Ashgate, 2003,” in Choice, 2003.
“Review of Il Gigante: Michelangelo, Florence, and the David 1492-1504, by Anton Gill, Thomas Dunne Books, 2003,” in Choice, 2003.
“Review of Albrecht Dürer and his Legacy: The Graphic Work of a Renaissance Artist, by Giulia Bartrum with Günter Grass, Joseph L. Koerner and Ute Kuhlemann, Princeton, 2002,” in Choice, September, 2003.