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Babette Bohn

Babette Bohn is a specialist in Italian art, with a Ph.D from Columbia University, an M.A. from Boston University, and a B.A. from Northwestern University. She has published widely on Bolognese prints, drawings, and paintings of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, including Ludovico Carracci and the Art of Drawing (2004). Other publications have focused on the women artists of Bologna and on the portrayal of Old Testament and Apocryphal heroines in Italian art. In 2008, she prepared an exhibition for the Uffizi Gallery, Florence on Guido Reni’s drawings, for which she also wrote the catalogue. She is currently co-curating an exhibition on the Italian painter and draftsman Federico Barocci that will open at the St. Louis Art Museum in October 2012, and travel to the National Gallery London in February 2013. She also co-authored the catalogue of this monographic exhibition of paintings and drawings. Dr. Bohn has received both the Dean’s Teaching Award and the College of Fine Arts’ Teaching Award. She teaches courses on European Renaissance and Baroque art, Women and the Visual Arts, the History of the Print, and Drawing as Artistic Invention. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and the Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Institute for Italian Renaissance Studies.

“I recently used the teen art pack with a victim and her deaf parents, who were able to bond over art. Her father is an artist and he and his daughter drew tougher while they are waiting to testify. It was amazing how they were supporting each other.”

– Ayda Torres, Family Advocate for Alliance for Children