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Winter 2-1-2011


Janetta Rebold Benton is Distinguished Professor of Art History and Director of the Pforzheimer Honors College, serving the five undergraduate colleges, at Pace University, Pleasantville, NY. Dr. Benton has lectured every season since the spring of 1988 for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and lectures also at The Cloisters in New York; Smithsonian Institution and National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach; and elsewhere in America and abroad. A former resident of Paris, she taught courses in art history there as the Art Historian at the American Embassy.

The author of seven books, the fourth edition of ARTS AND CULTURE: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE HUMANITIES (Robert DiYanni co-author, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, two volumes, combined volume) was published in 2011, including a Chinese translation. Her book, MATERIALS, METHODS, AND MASTERPIECES OF MEDIEVAL ART, is available in hardcover and as an E-book (Praeger series on the Middle Ages, ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, CA, 2009). Her book, MEDIEVAL MISCHIEF: WIT AND HUMOUR IN THE ART OF THE MIDDLE AGES (Sutton Publishing, Stroud, Gloucestershire, 2004), studies an engaging aspect of medieval art. ART OF THE MIDDLE AGES (Thames & Hudson, London, 2002) was published in the acclaimed World of Art series. HOLY TERRORS: GARGOYLES ON MEDIEVAL BUILDINGS (Abbeville Press, NY, 1997) was published also in French as SAINTES TERREURS: LES GARGOUILLES DANS L'ARCHITECTURE MÉDIÉVALE (second edition, 2000). Dr. Benton was the guest curator and catalog author for the 1995 exhibition MEDIEVAL MONSTERS: DRAGONS AND FANTASTIC CREATURES at the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY. Her book, THE MEDIEVAL MENAGERIE: ANIMALS IN THE ART OF THE MIDDLE AGES (Abbeville Press, NY, 1992), a Book of the Month Club selection, was published also in French as BESTIAIRE MÉDIÉVAL: LES ANIMAUX DANS L'ART DU MOYEN AGE. Articles by Dr. Benton appear in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition catalog, SET IN STONE: THE FACE IN MEDIEVAL SCULPTURE, 2007, as well as in scholarly journals including Cahiers de Civilisation Médiévale, Poitiers, 1998; Arte Medievale, Rome, 1993; Artibus et Historiae, Vienna, 1989; Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte, Munich, 1985; and others.

Dr. Benton was educated at Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, MDP diploma; took her Ph.D. in Medieval and Renaissance Art at Brown University; Master's degree in Classical Art at George Washington University; and undergraduate degree in Fine Arts at Cornell University.


Janetta Benton, Pace University, Distinguished Professor of Art History