University of Oregon

Department of the History of Art and Architecture

James G. Harper

James G. Harper
James G. Harper 

Associate Professor
Lawrence Hall 240
Phone: 541-346-5027
Email: harperj@uoregon.edu
University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D., 1998
Curriculum Vitae

A specialist in Italian art of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, James Harper holds a Ph.D. in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania.  His research treats the intersections of art and politics and he has written on topics including monumental biographical imagery as a form of propaganda, materiality and meaning in tapestry, the image of the Turk in western art, the high baroque painter Pietro da Cortona, “art strategies” at the papal court, and the reception of art and architecture in the era of the Grand Tour.  His work has received the support of the NEA, the NEH, the Samuel Kress Foundation, the Graham Foundation, and Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.

Harper offers 300-level courses in Renaissance and Baroque Art of Northern Europe, Southern Europe and Latin America.  He also teaches graduate and undergraduate seminars on topics including “The Italian Renaissance Villa,” “The Cross-Cultural Encounter in Renaissance and Baroque Art,” “Caravaggio and his Age,” and “Ephemeral Art.”  He also teaches lifelong learners in the University's Insight Seminars program and in the Smithsonian Institution's "Smithsonian Journeys" program.

Prior to coming to the University of Oregon in 2000, Harper worked in museums including the National Gallery of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Harvard University Art Museums. In Oregon he maintains a close relationship with the University’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, where he has served as a guest curator and as a member of the museum’s Leadership Council.

 

Publications

Giuseppe Vasi's Rome: Lasting Impressions from the Age of the Grand Tour Giuseppe Vasi's Rome: Lasting Impressions from the Age of the Grand Tour, co-authored with James T. Tice.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and Princeton University Art Museum; distributed by University of Delaware Press, 2010
The 'Turk' and Islam in the Western Eye (1453-1750) The 'Turk' and Islam in the Western Eye (1453-1750), volume of essays by various authors, edited and with an introduction by James Harper.
Burlington (USA) and Aldershot (UK): Ashgate Press, 2011
Verso: The Flip Side of Master Drawings Verso: The Flip Side of Master Drawings
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Art Museums, 2001

Selected Courses Taught


ARH 101

ARH 205

ARH 341

ARH 342

ARH 343

ARH 344

ARH 348

ARH 4|507, 4|510, 441|541 

Global Masterpieces: Monuments in Context

Western Art II

Italian Renaissance Art

Southern European Baroque Art

Northern Renaissance Art

Northern European Baroque Art

Rome in the Age of Bernini

Topics in Renaissance and Baroque (in rotation):

Art & Politics from Michelangelo to YouTube

Caravaggio and his Age

The Cross-Cultural Encounter in Renaissance and Baroque Art

The Italian Renaissance Villa

Collecting and the Museum