Diana Bullen Presciutti

Diana Bullen Presciutti

Assistant Professor

Department/Affiliation: Art & Art History
Phone: 330-263-2273
Office Address: 113 Ebert


  • B.A., Dartmouth College 1998
  • M.A., Syracuse University in Florence, 2003
  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2008

Courses Taught

  • ARTH 101: Introduction to Art History I (Prehistory-Medieval)
  • ARTH 102: Introduction to Art History II (Renaissance-Present)
  • ARTH 208: Italian Renaissance Art
  • ARTH 210: Northern Renaissance Art
  • ARTH 212: Baroque Art, 1600-1700
  • ARTH 223: Architecture I: Stonehenge to Beaux-Arts
  • ARTH 310: Global Cities: Istanbul, Rome, Mexico City (1400-1800)
  • ARTH 318: History of Prints
  • ARTH 322: Arts of Magnificence: Gender and the Renaissance Courts

Fellowships and Awards

  • Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Humanities Research Center, Rice University (2008-2010)
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2007-2008)
  • Samuel H. Kress Foundation Travel Fellowship (2006-2007)
  • Mary Ives Hunting and David D. Hunting, Sr. Graduate Student Fellow, Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan (2006-2007)
  • Henry P. Tappan Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching, History of Art Department, University of Michigan (2006)

Professional Memberships

  • Renaissance Society of America
  • College Art Association
  • Italian Art Society
  • Society for Confraternity Studies
  • Sixteenth Century Society


Research Interests

My primary research centers on the visual culture of early modern hospitals and other charitable institutions, focusing on civic ideology, urban ritual, and intersections of class, gender, and cultural production. I am presently completing my first book manuscript, Visual Cultures of Charity in Renaissance Italy, which focuses on the visual culture of foundling hospitals in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italy. I am also researching two new projects: the first examines the role of visual hagiography in shaping public perceptions of social problems in fifteenth-century Italy; the second considers institutions of confinement, rehabilitation, and reintegration of imperiled teenage girls, reformed prostitutes, and converted Jews and Muslims in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Italy.