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Faculty Profile

Melinda Schlitt

Professor of Art History; William W. Edel Professor of Humanities (1990)

Contact Information

Weiss Center for the Arts Room 202


Professor Schlitt teaches courses in art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance, Ancient Greek and Roman art and architecture, and Women and European Art. Her current research focuses on 15th and 16th-century Italian art and criticism, the reception and transformation of the past, and poetry as cultural identity in art. She has published on Galileo's Moon Drawings, Francesco Salviati, Giorgio Vasari, Michelangelo, and the relationship between language and imagery in the Renaissance, and has edited (and contributed to) two books of new essays: "Perspectives on Early Modern and Modern Intellectual History," (Univ. of Rochester Press, 2001) and "Gifts in Return: Essays in Honour of Charles Dempsey," (Univ of Toronto Press, 2012). Prof. Schlitt is currently completing a monograph on the Arch of Constantine in Late Antiquity and the Renaissance, and a study on the Visual Poetics of Place in late 15th-century Florence . Awards include the Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome; Resident Fellowship, Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities; Research Fellowship, American Philosophical Society; Fulbright Foundation Research Fellowship; Lila Acheson Wallace-Reader's Digest Publications Grant, Villa I Tatti, Florence.


  • B.A., State University of New York at Purchase, 1981
  • M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1983
  • Ph.D., 1991

2021-2022 Academic Year

Spring 2022

WGSS 201 Goddesses/Prost/Wives/Saints
Cross-listed with ARTH 216-01.

ARCH 202 Reality/Idealism/Beauty/Power
Cross-listed with ARTH 202-01.

ARTH 202 Reality/Idealism/Beauty/Power
Cross-listed with ARCH 202-01.

ARTH 216 Goddesses/Prost/Wives/Saints
Cross-listed with WGSS 201-01.

MEMS 490 The Senior Experience
Senior Projects and Research in Medieval & Early Modern Studies. Seniors in the major will work independently with a director and a second faculty reader (representing another discipline in the major) to produce a lengthy paper or special project which focuses on an issue relevant to the cluster of courses taken previously. Under the direction of the program coordinator, students will meet collectively 2 or 3 times during the semester with the directors (and, if possible, other MEMS faculty) to share bibliographies, research data, early drafts, and the like. This group will also meet at the end of the semester to discuss and evaluate final papers and projects.Prerequisite. 200; four-course "cluster."

MEMS 500 Independent Study