Professor of Art History
Lisa Pon specializes in early modern European art, architecture, and material culture. Her current research and teaching focuses on the mobilities of art, the authority of the artist and the work of art as religious image. In 2016-17 she is visiting professor in the Rinascimento Conteso seminar, at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz/Max-Planck-Institut, Florence, Italy and Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. She received her A.B. and Ph.D. from Harvard, and her M.A. from Washington University. Pon has won fellowships from institutions including the John Ryands Research Institute in Manchester (UK); the Warburg Institute in London, the Getty Research Institute, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Council of Learned Societies. Pon has published in leading journals including Art Bulletin, Art History, Word & Image, and Print Quarterly. Her first book, Raphael, Dürer, and Marcantonio Raimondi: Copying and the Italian Renaissance Print, was published by Yale University Press in 2004. Her newest book, A Printed Icon in Early Modern Italy: Forlì’s Madonna of the Fire (Cambridge University Press, 2015) won a 2014 Millard Meiss Publishing Grant from the College Art Association and a 2015 Samuel H. Kress Foundation Fellowship from the Renaissance Society of America. In addition, Pon has published three co-edited or co-authored volumes of art historical scholarship. She is currently working on two book projects, one on collaboration in the Renaissance and the other on contagion in early modern Venice. Pon’s most recent scholarly grant was from the Renaissance Society of America, to carry out acoustical research during summer 2017 with acoustical engineer Francesco Martellotta (Politecnico di Bari, Italy) in a special exhibition of Baroque tapestries at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. Professor Pon is on leave in 2017-18.
Teaching experience before 2005 at Harvard, University of Massachusetts/Boston, Tufts, and MIT. Curatorial experience at the Harvard Art Museum, the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College, the ZKM/ Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe, Germany, and SMU. Editorial experience: Exhibition Reviews Editor for SHARP News 2005-16.
Renaissance Rivalries; Renaissance and Baroque Architecture; Sixteenth-Century Italian Art; Early Modern Collecting; The Technology of Print; Artistic Collaboration in Renaissance Italy; Renaissance High Tech; Architectures of Containment and Community in Early Modern Venice; Spaces of Learning from Plato's Tree to MOOC; RASC/a Double Graduate Seminar (with Beatriz Balanta): Print, Identity, and the Im/material Image.