Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Ph.D., Harvard University
M.A., Radcliffe College
B.A., Wellesley College
Marcia Hall teaches and writes about Italian Renaissance art, principally painting. Her current project is a book called The Sacred Image in the Renaissance, which takes her back to two of her previous interests, her first book, Renovation and Counter-Reformation (1979) and Color and Meaning (1992) where she investigated the painting techniques of Renaissance artists. She has written and edited volumes on Raphael and Michelangelo. She incorporates these interests in her undergraduate teaching, using After Raphael (1999) as the text for her course on Sixteenth-Century Painting in Italy. At the graduate level she has recently taught seminars on “Making a Renaissance Painting,” “Art in the Time of Sixtus V,” “The Sacred Image after the Council of Trent, “ and “Michelangelo.”
Dr. Hall has been the recipient of numerous grants in support of her research. She has been awarded three fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, two Fulbright Fellowships, a fellowship at the Villa I Tatti (the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies) in Florence, Italy, and was a visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She directed an NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers in Rome, and she has taught Renaissance art on Temple University’s Rome campus . She is a frequent contributor to sessions of the Renaissance Society of America and is on the editorial board of Studies in Iconography.