Chriscinda Henry’s current research focuses on the relationship between secular art, visual pleasure, and leisure and entertainment culture in Renaissance Italy. She is completing a book titled Playful Pictures: Comic Painting, Pleasure, and Entertainment in Renaissance Italy, which explores the use and reception of visual humor in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Other current projects include a book on Northern European cultural tourism in Italy 1550-1630, and an essay on gendered political allegory in Venetian wartime imagery of the early sixteenth century.
Professor Henry received her MA from Columbia University and her PhD from the University of Chicago. Before coming to McGill, she was ACLS/Mellon Postdoctoral fellow at Yale University and Visiting Assistant Professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art History at Oberlin College. Her work has been supported by the Fulbright Foundation, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, among others.
“What Makes a Picture? Evidence from Sixteenth-Century Venetian Property Inventories,” Journal of the History of Collections 23/2 (2011): 253-65.
“Whorish Civility and Other Tricks of Seduction in Venetian Courtesan Representation.” In Sex Acts in Early Modern Italy: Practice, Performance, Perversion, Punishment, ed. Allison Levy, pp. 109-23. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2010.
(Italian Edition) “Civiltà Puttanesca e armi di seduzione nei ritratti delle cortigiane veneziane.” In Sesso nel Rinascimento: pratica, perversione e punizione nell’Italia rinascimentale, ed. Allison Levy, pp. 105-118. Florence: Le Lettere, 2009.
Professor Henry is on leave for the fall semester 2012-13. During the spring, she will be teaching an undergraduate seminar on portraiture that explores the historical development of portraiture and its theorization, with special attention to the construction and representation of early modern identity.