Victor Coonin

Associate Professor of Art and Art History
(901) 843-3824
Art

Arnold Victor Coonin is currently the James F. Ruffin Professor of Art History at Rhodes College. A graduate of Oberlin College, he earned his Master’s at Syracuse University in Florence and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University. Professor Coonin has been a Fulbright Fellow and a recipient of grants from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, among others. He has published widely on Italian Renaissance Art, through numerous encyclopedia and catalogue entries, and articles appearing in distinguished journals such as The Burlington Magazine, The Metropolitan Museum Journal and Artibus et Historiae. He recently published a monograph on Michelangelo’s David titled From Marble to Flesh: The Biography of Michelangelo’s David (The Florentine Press, 2014).  He is co-editing two volumes of scholarly essays to appear shortly. Professor Coonin lives in midtown Memphis with his wife, two children, a dog, two cats, and an ever changing number of fish. 

Professor Coonin′s Vita (PDF)

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Books

From Marble to Flesh: The Biography of Michelangelo’s David Florence, The Florentine Press, 2014.  
[See reviews in Choice Magazine, February, 2015; Notes on Early Modern Art, vol. 2, no. 2, 2015, pp. 36-39; Italian Art Society Newsletter, XXVII, 2, Spring 2016, pp. 6-7.]

Co-editor (with Molly Bourne), Encountering the Renaissance: Celebrating Gary M. Radke and 50 Years of the Syracuse University Graduate Program in Renaissance Art, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, WAPACC Organization, 2016.   

Co-editor (with Lilian Zirpolo), Vanishing Boundaries: Scientific Knowledge and Art Production in the Early Modern Era, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, WAPACC Organization, 2015.

Editor, A Scarlet Renaissance: Essays in Honor of Sarah McHam
New York, Italica Press, 2013.

Editor, Old Masters in Context: Romanino’s Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine
Exhibition Catalogue, Memphis, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 2003.

Published Articles

“Bellotto’s Blunder and Michelangelo’s David,” Source: Notes in the History of Art, 35, 3, Spring 2016, pp. 250-257.

“How the Giant of Florence became Michelangelo’s David,” Encountering the Renaissance: Celebrating Gary M. Radke and 50 Years of the Syracuse University Graduate Program in Renaissance Art, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, WAPACC Organization, 2016, pp. 115-124. 

“Art and Science in the Early Modern Period: An Introduction to Vanishing Boundaries,” Vanishing Boundaries: Scientific Knowledge and Art Production in the Early Modern Era, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, WAPACC Organization, 2015, pp. xiii-xxvii.

“The Spirit of Water: Reconsidering the Putto Mictans Sculpture in Renaissance Florence,” in A Scarlett Renaissance: Essays in Honor of Sarah McHam, ed. A. Victor Coonin, New York, Italica Press, 2013, pp. 81-110.

“Donatello, Desiderio da Settignano, and the Martelli” in Desiderio da Settignano, eds. J. Connors, A. Nova, B. Paolozzi Strozzi, and G. Wolf, Venice, Italy, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz-Max-Planck-Institut and Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, 2011, pp. 43-60.
 
“Dedicated Spaces: An Introduction to Tuscan Chapels,” in Chapels of Italy From The Twelfth to The Eighteenth Centuries:  Art, Religion, Patronage, and Identity, ed. Lilian H. Zirpolo, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, WAPACC Organization, 2010, pp. 129-154.

“The Most Elusive Woman in Renaissance Art: A Portrait of Marietta Strozzi,” Artibus et Historiae, 59, XXX, 2009, pp. 41-64.

“Vittorio Ghiberti and the frame of the South Doors of the Florence Baptistery,” Sculpture Journal, 18.1, 2009, pp. 38-51.

“Dopo Lorenzo: On the Ghiberti Family Workshop,” Italian Art, Society, and Politics: A Festschrift for Rab Hatfield, ed. Barbara Daimling, Jonathan K. Nelson, and Gary M. Radke, Florence, Syracuse University Press, 2007, pp. 83-98.

“The Allure of Romanino’s Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine,” Old Masters in Context: Romanino’s Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine, Exhibition Catalogue, Memphis, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 2003, 1-13.

“The Interaction of Painting and Sculpture in the Art of Perugino” Artibus et Historiae, 47, 2003, 103-120.

“New Documents Concerning Perugino's Workshop in Florence,” Burlington Magazine, CXLI, 1999, 100-104. 

“Picturing St Francis: An Introduction to His Image in Art,” The Brooks Museum Bulletin: Essays on the Collection, III, Memphis, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1999.

“Desiderio da Settignano's Tabernacle of the Sacrament,” by Andrew Butterfield and Caroline Elam, with a contribution from Victor Coonin, Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz, 43, 2/3, 1999, 333-357.  

“Sacred Art in Private Space: Examples from the Kress Collection,” The Brooks Museum Bulletin: Essays on the Collection, II, Memphis, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1996, 19-23.

“New Documents Concerning Desiderio da Settignano and Annalena Malatesta,” Burlington Magazine, CXXXVII, 1995, 792-799.

"Portrait Busts of Children in Quattrocento Florence," Metropolitan Museum Journal, XXX, 1995, 61-71.

"An Interview with Donald Posner," Rutgers Art Review, 12/13, 1992, 89-102.

"Eleonora di Toledo and Bronzino," Syracuse University Florence Symposium Papers, II, 1989-90.

Encyclopedia and Catalogue Entries

“Flora,” “Jephthah and His Daughter,” “Christ Surrounded by Angels (The Resurrection),” “The Finding of Moses,” “The Last Supper,” “The Battle of the Lapiths and Centaurs,” by Sebastiano Ricci, in Venice in the Age of Canaletto, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, 2010.

“Angela Merici,” Great Lives from History: 1454-1600, Pasadena, CA, Salem Press, 2004.

“Michelangelo paints the Sistine Chapel,” Great Events from History: 1454-1600, Pasadena, CA, Salem Press, 2004.

“Relief with Putto,” Masterpieces of Renaissance Art: Eight Rediscoveries, exh. cat., Salander O’Reilly Galleries, New York, 2001.  Reprinted in Italian Sculpture from the Gothic to the Baroque, New York, 2002.

“Desiderio da Settignano” and “Desiderio da Settignano: Tomb of Carlo Marsuppini” in The Encyclopedia of Sculpture, Antonia Boström, ed., Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, Chicago, 2001.

“Andrea Pisano,” “Giovanni Pisano,” “Nicola Pisano,” “Andrea della Robbia,” “Giovanni della Robbia,” “Luca della Robbia,” “Jacopo della Quercia,” “Lorenzo Ghiberti,” “Michelozzo di Bartolomeo,” “Benedetto da Maiano,” “Mino da Fiesole,” “Rossellino, Antonio and Bernardo,” “Desiderio da Settignano,” “Francesco di Giorgio Martini,” “Bertoldo di Giovanni,” “Lombardo Family,” “Daniele da Volterra,” Encyclopedia Americana, 2000.

Book and Exhibition Reviews (excluding Choice)

Antico: The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes,” Review essay in The Sculpture Journal, Vol. 22, No. 1 , June 1, 2013.

“An Antiquity of Imagination: Tullio Lombardo and Venetian High Renaissance Sculpture,” Review essay in The Sculpture Journal 19.1, 2010, pp. 152-154.

“Desiderio da Settignano: Sculptor of Renaissance Florence,” Exhibition Review, Musée du Louvre, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, National Gallery of Art, Italian Art Society Newsletter, Fall 2007, pp. 3-4.

Commissioned review of The Art of Renaissance Italy, 1400 to 1600, McGraw-Hill, publishers, 2005.

Commissioned review for Prentice Hall for revised edition of James Snyder, Medieval Art, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1989.  2004.
 
 Giovanni Ciappelli and Patricia Lee Rubin, editors, Art, Memory, and Family in Renaissance Florence, Cambridge, 2000,” in CAA.Reviews, 2001.  

Commissioned review for Prentice Hall of Greek Art and Archaeology, by J.G. Pedley, 2nd ed., Upper Saddle River, NJ, 1998. 2000.

 Alison Luchs, Tullio Lombardo and Ideal Portrait Sculpture in Renaissance Venice, 1490-1530, Cambridge, 1995,” in Renaissance Quarterly, LI, 1998, 622-624.

Book Reviews for Choice: Current reviews for Academic Libraries; A publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association

Raphael’s Ostrich, by Una Roman D’Elia, Penn State University Press, University Park, PA, 2015. Choice, 2016. 

Ornament & Illusion: Carlo Crivelli of Venice, ed. by Stephen J. Campbell; essays by C. Jean Campbell et al., Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, Boston and Paul Holberton, London, 2016.  Choice, 2016.

Faith, Gender and the Senses in Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art: Interpreting the Noli me tangere and Doubting Thomas by Erin E. Benay and Lisa M. Rafanelli, Ashgate, Farnham, 2015. Choice, 2015.

Andrea del Castagno and the Limits of Painting by Anne Dunlop, Harvey Miller, Turhout, Belgium, 2015. Choice, 2015.

Ruskin’s Venice: The Stones Revisited, New Edition, by Sarah Quill, Lund Humphries, London, 2015. Choice, 2015. 

Canaletto: Bernardo Bellotto Paints Europe, ed. Andreas Schumacher, Hirmer Publishers, Munich, 2015. Choice, 2015. 

Painted glories: the Brancacci Chapel in Renaissance Florence, by Nicholas Eckstein, Yale, New Haven, 2015. Choice, 2015.

Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces by Miles J. Unger, Simon & Schuster, New York, 2014.  Choice, 2014.
    
Apostolic Iconography and Florentine Confraternities in the Age of Reform by Douglas N. Dow, Ashgate Press, Farnham, 2014. Choice, 2014.

Picturing the “Pregnant” Magdalene in Northern Art, 1430-1550: Addressing and Undressing the Sinner-Saint by Penny Howell Jolly, Ashgate Press, Farnham, 2014. Choice, 2014.

Titian and the End of the Venetian Renaissance by Tom Nichols, Reaktion Books, London, 2013. Choice, 2014. 

Art and Music in Venice: From the Renaissnace to the Baroque, ed. Hilliard T. Godfarb, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 2013. Choice, 2013.

The History of Florence in Painting, ed. Antonella Fenech Kroke, Abbeville Press, New York, 2013. Choice, 2013. 

Albrecht Dürer: Master Drawings, Watercolors, and Prints from the Albertina, eds Andrew Robison and Klaus Albrecht Schröder, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 2013. Choice, 2013.

Spectacular Miracles: Transforming Images in Italy from the Renaissance to the Present by Jane Garnett and Gervase Rosser, Reaktion Books, London, 2013.  Choice, 2013.

The Power and the Glorification: Papal Pretensions and the Art of Propaganda in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries by Jan L. de Jong, Penn State University Press,  University Park, PA, 2013.  Choice, 2013.

Emperor Maximilian I and the Age of Dürer, eds. Eva Michel and Maria Luise Sternath, Prestel Verlag, Vienna, 2012.  Choice, 2012.

The Early Dürer, eds. Daniel Hess and Thomas Eser, Thames & Hudson, London, 2012.  Choice, 2012.
 
Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe, ed. Joaneath Spicer, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 2012.  Choice, 2012. 

Bernini’s Beloved: A Portrait of Costanza Piccolomini by Sarah McPhee, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2012.  Choice, 2012. 

The Badia of Florence: Art and Observance in a Renaissance Monastery, by Anne Leader, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 2012.  Choice, 2012.

The Young Leonardo: Art and Life in Fifteenth-Century Florence, by Larry J. Feinberg, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2011.  Choice, 2011.  

Caravaggio & His Followers in Rome, edited by David Franklin and Sebastian Schütze, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2011.  Choice, 2011. 

Florence and Baghdad: Renaissance Art and Arab Science, by Hans Belting, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2011.  Choice, 2011.

Domenico Bernini, The Life of Gian Lorenzo Bernini: A Translation and Critical Edition, with Introduction and Commentary, by Franco Mormando, Penn State University Press, University Park, PA, 2011.  Choice, 2011.

Representing History, 900-1300: Art, Music, History, ed. by Robert A. Maxwell, Penn State University Press, University Park, PA, 2010.  Choice, 2011.

Ambitious Form: Giambologna, Ammanati, and Danti in Florence, by Michael W. Cole, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2010.  Choice, 2011.”

Young Michelangelo: The Path to the Sistine: A Biography, by John T. Spike, Vendome Press, New York, 2010.  Choice, 2011.

Albrecht Dürer by Norbert Wolf, Prestel Publishing USA, New York, 2010.  Choice, 2011.

Becoming Venetian: Immigrants and the Arts in Early Modern Venice, by Blake de Maria, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2010.  Choice, 2010.

Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man, by Martin Clayton and Ron Philo, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2010.  Choice, 2010.

Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture, edited by Gary M. Radke, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2009.  Choice, 2010.

The Mirror, the Window, and the Telescope: How Renaissance Linear Perspective Changed Our Vision of the Universe by Samuel Y. Edgerton, Cornell U. Press, Ithaca, NY, 2009.  Choice, 2009.

The Craftsman Revealed: Adriaen de Vries, Sculptor in Bronze, by Jane Bassett, et. al., Getty Publications, Los Angeles, 2008.  Choice, 2008.

The Jew in the Art of the Italian Renaissance, by Dana E. Katz, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 2008.  Choice, 2008. 

The Gates of Paradise: Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Renaissance Masterpiece, ed. By Gary M. Radke, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2007.  Choice, 2007.

Desiderio da Settignano: Sculptor of Renaissance Florence, ed. by Marc Bormand, Beatrice Paolozzi Strozzi, and Nicholas Penny, 5 Continents Editions, Musée du Louvre, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, National Gallery of Art, 2007. Choice, 2007.

Piero di Cosimo by Dennis Geronimus, New Haven, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2006.  Choice, 2007.

Set in Stone: The Face in Medieval Sculpture, ed. Charles T. Little with essay by Willibald Sauerländer, Metropolitan Museum of Art/Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2006.  Choice, 2007.

Giorgio Vasari, The Life of Michelangelo, introd. by David Hemsoll, Pallas Athene, London, 2006.  Choice, 2006.

Ascanio Condivi, The Life of Michelangelo, introd. by Charles Robertson, Pallas Athene, London, 2006.  Choice, 2006.

Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal, Building St. Peter’s by R.A. Scotti, Penguin Group, New York, 2006.  Choice, 2006.

Lorenzo de’ Medici: Collector and Antiquarian, by Laurie Fusco and Gino Corti, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2006.  Choice, 2006.

Florentine Villas in the Fifteenth Century: An Architectural and Social History, by Amanda Lillie, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2005.  Choice, 2005.

Masters of Italian Baroque Painting: The Detroit Institute of Arts, by R. Ward Bissell, Andria Derstine, and Dwight Miller, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, 2005.  Choice, 2005.

Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and the Renaissance in Florence, ed. By David Franklin with Louis A. Waldman and Andrew Butterfield, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2005.  Choice, 2005.

Michelangelo’s Last Judgment, edited by Marcia B. Hall, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2005.  Choice, 2005.

Changing Patrons: Social Identity and the Visual Arts in Renaissance Florence, by Jill Burke, Penn State University Press, University Park, PA, 2004.  Choice, 2004.
 
I, Michelangelo, by Georgia Illetschko, Prestel, New York, 2004.  Choice, 2004.

Math and the Mona Lisa: the art and science of Leonardo da Vinci,  by Atalay, Bülent, Smithsonian Books, Washington, 2004.  Choice, 2004.

St. Mark's: The Art and Architecture of Church and State in Venice, ed. by Ettore Vio, Riverside Book Company, New York, 2003.  Choice, 2004.

Large bronzes in the Renaissance, ed. by Peta Motture, National Gallery of Art and Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2003.  Choice, 2004.

Reactions to the master: Michelangelo's effect on art and artists in the sixteenth century, ed. by Francis Ames-Lewis and Paul Joannides, Ashgate Press, Farnham, 2003.  Choice, 2003.

Il Gigante: Michelangelo, Florence, and the David 1492-1504, by Anton Gill, Thomas Dunne Books, New York, 2003.  Choice, 2003. 

Albrecht Dürer and his Legacy: The Graphic Work of a Renaissance Artist, by Giulia Bartrum with Günter Grass, Joseph L. Koerner and Ute Kuhlemann, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2002.  Choice, 2003. 

Education

1995  Ph.D., Rutgers University 
1990  M.A., Syracuse University 
1986  B.A., Oberlin College