Frances M Gage

Faculty and Staff

Frances M Gage

Associate Professor
(716) 878-4803
Campus Address: Upton Hall 308C

Frances Gage received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. She specializes in the history, theory and criticism of Italian art in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries as well as in the history of the gallery and of art collecting and the intersections between art and medicine. Before arriving at Buffalo State, she held the position of Samuel H. Kress Curatorial Fellow in the Department of French Painting at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, and was Research Associate and Senior Research Associate at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts. Her teaching interests include art and architecture in northern and southern Europe between the fourteenth and eighteenth centuries, Venetian art and cultural exchange in the Mediterranean world, Baroque art within a global perspective, the history of collecting, art and the environment, and the art of the body.  She has authored articles and book chapters on the art and art criticism of Annibale Carracci (2014), on the art and criticism of Caravaggio and his followers (2009, 2012 and 2014), on the theory and practice of collecting art (2010 and 2014), the collecting of religious art in seventeenth-century Rome (2011), and intellectual exchange between artists and amateurs (2009). Her article “Exercise for Mind and Body: Giulio Mancini, Collecting and the Beholding of Landscape Painting in the Seventeenth Century,” won the William Nelson award from the Renaissance Society of America in 2009. She was also awarded an Emerging Scholar Award from Buffalo State in 2013. She is a contributing author to French Paintings of the Fifteenth through Eighteenth Century (2009). Her book Painting as Medicine in Early Modern Rome: Giulio Mancini and the Efficacy of Art is forthcoming from Penn State University Press in 2016. Her research has been supported by the American Philosophical Society, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at the University of Toronto, The Folger Shakespeare Library, the Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library, the Newberry Library, the Renaissance Society of America, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Recent Publications

“New Documents on Giulio Mancini and Guercino.” The Burlington Magazine 165 (2014): 653-6.

“Exercise for Mind and Body: Giulio Mancini, Collecting and the Beholding of Landscape Painting in the Seventeenth Century.” Renaissance Quarterly 61.4 (2008): 1167-1207.

“Invention, Wit and Melancholy in the Art of Annibale Carracci.” Intellectual History Review 24.3 (2014): 389-413. Special Issue, The Nature of Invention. Edited by Alexander Marr and Vera Keller.

Fine Arts

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