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Robert Neuman

Published January 22, 2015

robert neumanProfessor
Baroque & 18th-Century Art
20th-Century American Cinema, Animation, & Themed Environments

PhD University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Curriculum Vitae
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Dr. Robert Neuman specializes in early modern European art, with an emphasis on social and religious history, gender studies, and the intersection of high art and popular culture.

His new book, Baroque and Rococo Art and Architecture, is the first in-depth history of one of the great periods of Western art, spanning the years 1585 to 1785 (Pearson, 2013). The text treats the major media: painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, and architecture as well as gardens, furniture, tapestries, costume, jewelry, and ceramics. All of these are treated in terms of their original function and patronage and with emphasis on the social, political and cultural context. The book contains biographies of the leading creative figures of the time, from Caravaggio and Rembrandt to Watteau and Hogarth. Significantly, Professor Neuman offers a full account of women artists and the representation of women and families in art.

Dr. Neuman’s book, Robert de Cotte and the Perfection of Architecture in Eighteenth-Century France, is the only comprehensive examination of the French royal architect during a period when Paris became the center of courtly fashion. The recipient of several awards, including grants from the French Government and the Millard Meiss Fund, Dr. Neuman is currently working on diverse topics, including Watteau, garden sculpture, and genre prints. He is also researching the role of American movies in shaping perception of historic architecture. He is a former book review editor for the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians.

A dedicated teacher, Prof. Neuman has received three teaching awards at Florida State, including the prestigious University Teaching Award. He offers a cycle of courses on both the undergraduate and graduate levels: Southern Baroque Art, Northern Baroque Art, and Eighteenth-Century Art. Seminar topics include “The Baroque Woman,” “Nature Perfected: Gardens and Landscapes,” and “French Architecture from Baroque to Rococo.” In addition to classes in European art, Dr. Neuman treats twentieth-century American art and design through analysis of themed environments and classic 2-D animation. These courses focus on the impact of film, television, merchandising, and leisure on visual culture.


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Completed Dissertations

Sarah Buck, “Nicolas II de Larmessin’s Les Costumes Grotesques(c. 1695): Prints and Professional Habits in the ancien régime.
Segundo Fernandez,”David Cox Reconsidered: Landscape, Theater, and the Book of Nature.”
Mery-et Lescher, “The Little Studio That Could: Walt Disney Feature Animation’s Florida Studio (1989-2004).
Keri Watson, “‘Black Saturday’: Eudora Welty’s Unpublished Photographic Essay of Depression-era Mississippi.”
Julianne Sandlin, “Religious Orders and Catholic Reform: Parisian Churches during the Reign of Louis XIII.”
Barbara J. Johnston, “Sacred Kingship and Royal Patronage in the Vie de la Magdalene: Pilgrimage, Politics, Passion Plays, and the Life of Louis of Savoy.”
Preston McLane, “Alessandro Magnasco and the Painterly Picaresque.”
Bernardine Heller-Greenman, “The Monument du costume of Jean-Michel Moreau le Jeune in the Context of Rousseau and the Ancien Régime.”
Steven Salyers, “The Theme Park as Art and Narrative: A Case Study of the Disney-MGM Studios.”
List of FSU Art History dissertations

Graduate Seminars

  • Eighteenth-Century Paris, Capital of Europe
  • Early Modern Women
  • Gardens and Landscape Architecture
  • Walt Disney and the American Century
  • Hollywood’s America

Selected Publications

Baroque and Rococo Art and Architecture. Pearson: Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2013.

“Disney’s Final Package Film: The Making and Marketing of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949).”  Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal 14, no. 2 (2019), 149–163.

“Illusions of Grandeur: A Harmonious Garden for the Sun King.” In Gardening Philosophy for Everyone: Cultivating Wisdom, edited by Dan O’Brien, 163-77. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2010.

“Main Street, USA.” In Disneyland and Culture: Essays on the Parks and Their Influence, edited by Kathy Merlock Jackson and Mark I. West. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2010.

“Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A., and Its Sources in Hollywood, U.S.A.” Journal of American Culture 31 (2008); 83-97.

“Now Mickey Mouse Enters Art’s Temple: Walt Disney at the Intersection of Art and Entertainment.” Visual Resources 14.3 (1999): 249-61.

Robert de Cotte and the Perfection of Architecture in Eighteenth-Century France. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994.

“Projects for the Church of Saint-Louis de Versailles in the Parc-aux-Cerfs.” Eighteenth-Century Life 17 (1993): 182-93.

“Watteau’s L’enseigne de Gersaint and Baroque Emblematic Tradition.” Gazette des Beaux-Arts 104 (1984): 153-64.


University Teaching Award 1986-87