Thomas McGrath, PhD

Associate Professor Emeritus, History, Language & Global Culture

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Director, Art History


  • PhD, Harvard University
  • MA, Williams College
  • BA, Brandeis University


  • The Art of Renaissance Italy


  • “Dominicans, Franciscans, and the Art of Political Rivalry: Two Drawings and a Fresco by Giovanni Battista della Rovere,” Renaissance Studies XXV:2 (2011), pp. 185-211.
  • “Preparatory Drawings by Volterrano at the Fogg Museum,” Master Drawings XLIII:4 (2005), pp. 500-507.
  • “Florentine Baroque Drawings at the Fogg Museum: New Attributions,” Apollo CLIX:503 (2004), pp. 14-20.
  • “Facing the Text: Florentine Author Portraits in Printed Books, 1545 to 1585,” Word and Image XIX:1-2 (2003), pp. 74-85.
  • “Observations on the Functions of Watercolors and Pastels in Italian Renaissance Drawings,” in The Broad Spectrum: The Art and Science of Conserving Colored Media on Paper, ed. Harriet Stratis (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 2002), pp. 69-76.
  • “Drawing Practices and Market Forces in Sixteenth-Century Italy,” in Coming About: A Festschrift for John Shearman (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Art Museums, 2001) pp. 235-242.
  • “Color and the Exchange of Ideas between Artist and Patron in Renaissance Italy,” Art Bulletin LXXXII:2 (June, 2000), pp. 298-308.
  • “Federico Barocci and the History of Pastelli in Central Italy,” Apollo CXLVIII:441 (1998), pp. 3-9.
  • “Color in Italian Renaissance Drawings: Reconciling Theory and Practice in Central Italy and Venice,” Apollo CXLVI:429 (1997), pp. 22-30.


  • Review of the exhibition Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Renaissance Studies XXIV:3 (2010), pp. 437-444.
  • Review of the exhibition Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, and the Renaissance of Venetian Painting, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 2006, Renaissance Studies XXI:5 (2007), pp. 712-719.
  • Review of Venice and the Antique by Patricia Fortini Brown, The Sixteenth Century Journal XXVIII:4 (1997), pp. 1494-1496.
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Courses Taught

  • ARH-101 - Art History I
  • ARH-303 - Early Italian Renaissance Art
  • ARH-304 - Art in the Age of Michelangelo
  • ARH-308 - Art of the Baroque & Rococo
  • ARH-312 - Art of the Northern Renaissance
  • ARH-404 - Seminar in ARH: Caravaggio
  • ARH-510 - Independent Study
  • ARH-H555 - ARH Honors Thesis