Charles M. Rosenberg

Professor Emeritus of Art History


519 Flanner Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone: 574-631-5672
Fax: 574-631-6312

Areas of Research

Courses Taught

Honors and Awards

Travel subvention grants, British and Royal Numismatic Societies, 2008.Kaneb Teaching Award, College of Arts and Letters, 2003.
NEH Postdoctoral Rome Prize Fellowship, The American Academy in Rome, 2000-2001
Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, University of Notre Dame, Senior Faculty Travel Grant, 1998.
Educational Technology Jump-start Grant, University of Notre Dame, 1992.
Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, University of Notre Dame Travel to International Conferences Grant, 1986, 1989, 1998, 2008.
I Tatti NEH Fellowship, Harvard Center for Renaissance Study, Florence, Italy, 1985-86.

Recent Publications

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"A Review of Maria F. Maurer, Gender, Space and Experience at the Renaissance Court: Performance and Practice at the Palazzo Te." Renaissance Quarterly (Spring, 2021). 

 "The Kernel and Soul of Art,' Emotions in Rembrandt's Religious Etchings," in Heather Graham and Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank, eds., Emotions, Art, and Religion in Europe, Africa, and the Americas, c. 1400-1800. Leiden and Boston: Brill (In press) 

"The Embodiment of Power in Italian Renaissance Numismatic Imagery: The First Testoni," in Matthias Müller, Ulrich Pfisterer, and Elke Werner, Head and Body: Evidence of Power in the Ruler Portrait Between the 14th and 18th Centuries. (In press)

Rembrandt's Religious Prints.  The Jack and Alfrieda Feddersen Collection of Rembrandt Etchings.  Notre Dame, IN: Snite Museum of Art, September, 2017.

“Rembrandt’s Etching of The Stoning of St. Stephen and the Remonstrant Controversy.” Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte 78.1 (2015): 94-104.

“A Review of Jan L. de Jong, The Power and the Glorification. Papal Pretensions and the Art of Propaganda in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries,” Renaissance Quarterly 67.1 (Spring, 2014); 212-13.

“A Review of Patricia Emison, The Italian Renaissance and Cultural Memory,” Renaissance Quarterly 65.4 (2012): 1195-96.

Editor, The Court Cities of Northern Italy: Milan, Parma, Piacenza, Mantua, Ferrara, Bologna, Rimini, Pesaro, Urbino. New York and Cambridge, Eng.: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Guest Co-Editor, The Medal, Spring, 2010 (Papers presented in the “Coins and Medals” sessions of the RSA meetings, Los Angeles, CA, in Spring 2009) and Spring, 2015 (Papers presented in the "Coins and Medals" sessions of the RSA meetings, New York, NY, in Spring, 2014).

“A Review of Giancarlo Fiorenza.  Dosso Dossi: Paintings of Myth, Magic, and the Antique.  University Park, Pennsylvania:  The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2008,” Renaissance Quarterly  62.3 (Autumn 2009): 924-26

“Borso d’Este e il Montesanto,” in Tracce dei luoghi.  Tracce della storia.  L’Editore che inseguiva la Bellezza.  Scritti in onore di Franco Cosimo Panini, pp. 113-22.   Rome: Donzelli Editore, 2008

“Response to James Cuno,” in Robin Rhodes, ed., The Acquisition and Exhibition of Classical Antiquities:  Professional, Legal, and Ethical Perspectives, pp. 27-30.  Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2008.

“Money Talks: Numismatic Propaganda under Alfonso I d’Este,” L'eta' di Alfonso I e la pittura del Dosso: Atti del Convegno Internazionale di Studi Ferrara, Palazzina di Marfisa d'Este, 9-12 dicembre 1998.  Modena: Pannini, 2004, pp. 145-64, figs. 46-52.

“Leonardo and the Creative Act,” Sacred Heart University Review.  XXII.1-2 (Fall 2001/Spring 2002, published 2004): 44-68.

“A Review of James R. Banker, The Culture of  San Sepolcro during the Youth of Piero della Francesca,” The American Historical Review (February 2004): 273-74

 “A Rembrandt Self-portrait and tronie,” in Face to Face, Exhibition Catalogue, Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 2003, pp. 6-11.

“A Review of Mary D. Garrard, Artemisia Gentileschi Around 1622: The Shaping and Reshaping of an Artistic Identity,” Renaissance Quarterly 55.3 (Autumn, 2002): 1076-78.

"A Review of Francis Ames-Lewis, The Intellectual Life of the Early Renaissance Artist, Carmen C. Bambach, Drawing and Painting in the Italian Renaissance Workshop: Theory and Practice, 1300-1600, and Evelyn Lincoln, The Invention of the Italian Renaissance Printmaker," Renaissance Quarterly 54.3 (Autumn 2001):  937-941.

"A Review of Michael North and David Ormrod, eds.,  Art Markets in Europe, 1400-1800, and Eckart Marchand and Alison Wright, eds., With and Without the Medici: Studies in Tuscan Art and Patronage 1434-1530," Renaissance Quarterly  53.4 (Winter 2000) 1211-1214.

"Alfonso I d'Este, Michelangelo, and the Man Who Sold Pigs," in Revaluing the Renaissance, R. Shepherd and G. Neher, eds., London: Ashgate Press, 2000, pp. 89-100

"Ferrarese Coinage and the Ideology of Power from Obizzo III to Borso d'Este," in L'aquila biancaStudi di storia estense per Luciano Chiappini, R. Varese and A. Samaritani, eds., Ferrara: Corbo Editore, 2000, pp. 109-33.

“Ferrara: Art in Ferrara,” in The Encyclopedia of the Renaissance, ed. Paul F. Grendler, vol. 2, pp. 344-7. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1999.

"In the Footsteps of the Prince: A Look at Renaissance Ferrara." Nexus Network Journal, October, 1999.

"A Review of Thomas Tuohy, Herculean Ferrara. Ercole d'Este, 1471-1505, and the Invention of a Ducal Capital," Renaissance Quarterly 51.3 (Autumn 1998): 962- 5.

"A Review of Martin Warnke, The Court Artist. On the Ancestry of the Modern Artist," Comparative Studies in Society and History 40.1 (January 1998): 189-90.

The Este Monuments and Urban Development in Renaissance Ferrara. New York & Cambridge, ENG: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

"A Review of Carol F. Lewine, The Sistine Chapel Walls and the Roman Liturgy." Renaissance Quarterly 48.4 (1995):898-900.

"A Review of Joseph Manca, The Art of Ercole de' Roberti." Renaissance Quarterly 48.2 (1995): 424-26.

"Virtue, Piety and Affection: Some Portraits by Domenico Ghirlandaio," in Il ritratto e la memoria. Material 2, ed. Augusto Gentile, Philippe Morel and Claudia Cieri Via. Rome: Bulzoni, 1993, pp. 173-195.

"The Este of Ferrara in the Fifteenth Century," Schifanoia 10 (1990, published in 1992): 15-18.

"Arte e politica alle corti di Lionello e Borso d'Este," in Saggi. Le Muse e il Principe. Arte di corte nel Rinascimento padano. Modena: Cosimo Panini, 1991, pp. 39-52.

Editor, Art and Politics in Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Italy: 1250-1515. Acts of the Notre Dame Conference., Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1990, viii + 231 + 77 ill.

Invited and Hesburgh Lectures and Seminars

"The Embodiment of Power in Italian Renaissance Numismatic Imagery." Head and Body: Evidence of Power in the Ruler Portrait Between the 14th and 18th Centuries. Munich, Germany, December 1-2, 2017

"Intimate Objects of Beauty and Faith." Saturday Scholars Series. University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, October 28, 2017.

Two-day seminar for local K-12 teachers, “The Museum: An Institution under Duress,” Teachers as Scholars Program, University of Notre Dame, March 19 and April 2, 2014.

"The Art of Numismatics: Invention and Tradition in Italian Renaissance Coinage," Summer Meetings, British and Royal Numismatics Societies, Cambridge, ENG., July 5, 2008.

“Coin of the Realm: Coinage in Renaissance Venice and Northern Italy.” Trading Italian Culture: The Merchant of Venice and the Venice of Merchants," The Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies. Northwestern University Law School, Chicago, IL, March 17, 2007.

"Leonardo da Vinci: Painter of Mysteries," (Hesburgh Lecture) Fort Lauderdale, FL, February 2, 2007; Staten Island, NY, April 30, 2013; Johnstown, PA, June 12, 2014; Hilton Head, SC, April 23, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, December 8, 2015;  Springfield, OH March 8, 2016; Mobile, AL, September 29, 2016; Spokane, WA, April 10, 2018.

"The Varieties of Museum Experience" Buchanan Lecture. Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, April 19, 2006.

“The Art Museum in the 21st Century,” (Hesburgh Lecture) Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences, Peoria, IL, October 24, 2005.

“Artistic License and Public Decorum,” (Hesburgh Lecture) Virginia Beach, VA, May 23, 2005.
“The Sistine Chapel: History and Meaning,”  (Hesburgh Lecture) Newport Beach, CA., August 12, 2004; Marist College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., April 19, 2005
; Hilton Head, NC, June 19, 2006; St. Louis, MO, February 28, 2014; Staten Island, NJ, May 14, 2014; Portland, OR, October 28, 2014; Charleston, SC, March 19, 2015; Mobile, AL, October 5, 2017.

“The Fifth-Avenue Cupid and the Dilemma of Artistic Identity.”  Seminar, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT., July 9, 2003.

“Leonardo and the Creative Act,”  (Hesburgh Lecture) Furman University, Greenville, SC.,  April 20, 1998; Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT., July 10, 2003; and Saint Rose College, Albany, NY, November 10, 2004.