Thomas H. McGrath, PhD

Associate Professor and Chair
Department of World Languages and Cultural Studies

Phone: 617-573-8286
Fax: 617-367-5965
Office: 73 Tremont St., Rm. 1046


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


Professor McGrath specializes in 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.