Teaching in Art History & Renaissance Studies
An email from former student DB: “As I just finish my semester abroad in Florence, Italy, I slowly came to the realization of how much your class shaped the way I appreciate art and, well, life. There were so many instances where I would walk into a museum and know what a painting was—the artist or the time period or the meaning—solely because I took your class. You gave me so much knowledge and I just wanted to say a genuine thank you!”
I received my PhD in History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004. My field of specialization was and is the Italian Renaissance, with special emphasis on literature, patronage, and gender. My research interests are interdisciplinary, focusing on the creation of artistic identity in the intersection between artistic and literary culture, and between artist and patron. I have taught a wide variety of courses in art history, Italian studies, and Renaissance studies, and at every level, from large introductory survey courses to upper-level seminars for majors. In all of my courses I focus on placing works of art within their original social, historical, and material context, as well as introducing students to a range of art historical methods.
Courses I am particularly proud to have designed and taught include seminars on gender and sexuality in Renaissance art and on the High Renaissance; a lecture course on the interaction of art and politics in the Renaissance and, relatedly, one on the relationship of Renaissance art and artists with various institutional frameworks; an interdisciplinary course, taught in UC Berkeley’s Department of Italian Studies, on the Italian Renaissance; and a thematic course on representations of war from the Renaissance to the present.
I have also had the pleasure of teaching an interdisciplinary museum studies course on the history and theory of the museum in the west. Lastly, both in Florence and in Vienna, I’ve taught students on site, in front of the greatest artworks of the Renaissance. There is truly no greater teaching experience one can imagine.
For a complete list of the courses I’ve taught, please click here. [PDF]
Email from former student MR: “Your class continues to be one of the most informative and applicable of the courses I’ve taken, and your compassion for your students has been completely unmatched by any other professor.”
Lisa K. Regan, “‘If So In Adversity’: Mastering Fortune in Lorenzo Leonbruno’s Calumny of Apelles,” California Italian Studies 4:2 (2013). [link]
Lisa K. Regan, “Give and Take: Michelangelo and the Drawings for Tommaso de’ Cavalieri,” in: Doris Guth and Elisabeth Priedl, eds., Bilder der Liebe, Begehren und Geschlechterverhältnisse in der Kunst der Frühen Neuzeit. Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript Verlag, 2012, pp. 271-300. [link]
Lisa K. Regan, “Ariosto’s Threshold Patron: Isabella d’Este in the Orlando Furioso,” MLN 120:1, Supplement (January 2005): 50-69. [PDF]
[Additional citations available upon request]