History of Art + Visual Culture

Faculty

Mary Bergstein

Mary Bergstein is the author of The Sculpture of Nanni di Banco (Princeton University Press, 2000). Among her many essays on Italian Renaissance Art are, “Marian Politics in Quattrocento Florence: The Renewed Dedication of Santa Maria del Fiore,” Renaissance Quarterly (Winter 1991), and “Donatello’s Gattamelata and its Humanist Audience,” Renaissance Quarterly (Fall 2002). “Lonely Aphrodites: On the Documentary Photography of Sculpture,” appeared in the Art Bulletin LXXIV (1992). She co-edited Image and Enterprise: The Photography of Adolphe Braun with Maureen C. O’Brien (London: Thames & Hudson, 1999). Bergstein won the “Courage to Dream” book prize from the American Psychoanalytic Association for Mirrors of Memory: Freud, Photography, and the History of Art (Cornell University Press 2010). Her book, In Looking Back One Learns to See: Marcel Proust and Photography, came out in 2014 (Rodopi/Brill). She is now working on a new book titled Science and Eros: Visual Culture in Freud’s Vienna. Bergstein is the author of over fifty articles and book reviews on topics ranging from early Renaissance sculpture to contemporary photographic practices. She has been professor of History of Art and Visual Culture at Rhode Island School of Design since 1990.

Academic research/ areas of interest

  • The Social History of Art
  • Psychoanalysis and Visual Culture
  • Florentine Sculpture
  • Visual Culture and Society
  • Objects "in motion"