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Welcome Art History Department Chair Lorenzo Pericolo!

Published September 9, 2022

The Department of Art History is excited to welcome Lorenzo Pericolo as Department Chair and Vincent V. and Agatha Thursby Professor of Early Modern Art and Architecture. Dr. Pericolo is an art historian with special interests in European Renaissance and baroque art and architecture. His research focus lies mostly in the artistic production of Italy, France, and Spain, although he has also published essays on Flemish and Dutch painting (Rubens, Rembrandt). An undergraduate and graduate student of the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Pericolo was initially trained as an ancient Greek and Latin philologist, and this has led to his numerous philological undertakings in the history of art, such as the critical edition of Carlo Cesare Malvasia’s Felsina pittrice–Lives of the Bolognese Painters (1678) in association with the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Dr. Pericolo writes,

I am deeply honored to have been appointed chair of the FSU Department of Art History. I have a wonderful memory of my first visit here in March: the warm welcome of those who are now my colleagues, staff, and graduate students. It was then that I fell in love with the department. My goal now is to make it even more successful after the excellent leadership of Adam Jolles. And I expect to meet both our undergraduate and graduate students and get to know them better. The door of my office is open to any suggestion coming from our younger cohorts.

Professor Pericolo was an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Fellow at the Humboldt Universität, Berlin (2004–2005); Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington (2005–2006); Fellow in Resident of the Getty Research Center, Los Angeles (2007–2008); a recipient of a three-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant (2007–2010); and most recently, “Profesor Invitado” at the Centro de Estudios, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid (2022). Professor Pericolo has authored the books: Carlo Cesare Malvasia, Felsina Pittrice: The Lives of the Bolognese Painters. Volume Nine: The Life of Guido Reni, Caravaggio and Pictorial Narrative: Dislocating the Istoria in Early Modern Painting, Claude Nivelon, Vie de Charles Le Burn et description detaillee de ses ouvrages: Introduction et edition critique, and “Philippe, homme sage et vertueux”: Essai sur l’art et l’oeurve de Philippe de Champaigne. Along with his forthcoming book Deleuze’s Modern Baroque: The Fold, Leibniz, Informal Art, and the Objectile. Currently he is working on a monograph on the body in the arts of the baroque, and a research project on design as knowledge in the age of Leonardo da Vinci.

College of Fine Arts Dean James Frazier writes,

Dr. Pericolo is a highly accomplished scholar and an experienced administrator. We are excited to welcome him here to FSU and look forward to the future of our already thriving Department of Art History under the influence of his leadership.

Letter from the Chair, August 2022