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Jean Cadogan
Professor of Fine Arts
Phone: (860) 297-2505 Office Location: Hallden 115
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Trinity College faculty member since 1987
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Degrees:
Ph.D., Harvard Univ. (1978)
M.A., Harvard Univ. (1972)
B.A., Wellesley College (1971)

Jean Cadogan is probably happiest exploring the streets, churches and museums of Florence on an early summer morning.  A specialist in Italian art of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, she seeks to understand how works of art were encountered and understood by denizens of the late medieval city, and how they were imagined and produced by artists and artisans.  As a former museum curator, she is fascinated by the physical attributes of works of art—materials, technique, condition—as well as their social function as indicators of social behavior and cultural values.  Her classes in Medieval and Renaissance art history encourage students to see works of art from many different perspectives, but especially she advocates encountering them “in the flesh,” in museums or wherever they may be.