Janetta Rebold Benton, Ph.D. 
Email: JBenton@pace.edu
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janetta_Rebold_Benton 

  • Schimmel Center for the Arts, NY, NY: Spring 2017, 4 lectures, Wednesday, 12:15-1:15pm

  • Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: All-day Saturday seminars,  January 14, 2017--Changing Ideals of Physical Beauty,                                      May 20, 2017--Visiting Artists' Homes Click to see detail below.

  • Smithsonian Journeys, Washington, DC: Study Leader on two trips in 2017. Click to see detail below.

  • Book: HANDBOOK FOR THE HUMANITIES (Robert DiYanni, co-author),  Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2014

  • Fulbright Senior Scholar, Graduate School of Art History, European University, St. Petersburg, Russia, August 2012 - January 2013.

Schimmel Center for the Arts, NY, NY

Spring 2017, 4 lectures, Wednesday, 12:15-1:15pm


Where did these geniuses actually live and work? Sneak a peek into the private homes (and personal lives) of famous painters, sculptors, and architects. Dr. Benton compares their environments to their masterpieces. Did the artists' homes, including the surrounding gardens, neighborhoods, and countryside, influence their art?

1. February 8, 2017   Italy: Fra Angelico at San Marco monastery in Florence, Leonardo da Vinci in Vinci and the Clos Lucé in Amboise, Raphael in Urbino, Giorgio Vasari in Arezzo

2. February 15, 2017   Northern Europe: Albrecht Dürer in Nuremberg, Peter Paul Rubens in Antwerp, Rembrandt in Amsterdam

3. February 22, 2017   France: Claude Monet in Giverny, Pierre-Auguste Renoir at Les Collettes in Cagnes-sur-Mer, Auguste Rodin at the Villa des Brillants in Meudon, Vincent van Gogh in Arles, St-Rémy, and Auvers

4. March 1, 2017   North America: Frida Kahlo at the Blue House in Mexico City, Georgia O'Keeffe at Ghost Ranch and Abiquiú in New Mexico, Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin East  and West in Wisconsin and  Arizona, Philip Johnson's Glass House in Connecticut

For Information: http://schimmel.​pace.edu/genre/lecture

Phone (866) 811-4111 or (212) 346-1715

The conversation continues: Each lecture is followed by a luncheon, hosted by Dr. Benton.The menu is based on foods related to the lecture.

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

All-day Saturday seminar, January 14, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m..  Resident Associates

Changing Ideals of Physical Beauty in Art: The Mystique of the Chic Physique 
The human body has occupied a central place in art since early times. From the voluptuous prehistoric Venus of Willendorf to Ingres’s iconic odalisque to Picasso’s cubist figures, the variety of physiques depicted by artists reflects constantly changing opinions of the ideal. Clothed—or not—the depiction of men and women reveal the impact of aesthetic, social, political, religious, and personal influences.
For information: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/reserve.aspx?ID=236297

9:30–10:30 a.m.   Prehistoric to Ancient Greek B.C. to "be seen": from the Venus of Willendorf, Cycladic figurines, and Egyptian Nefertiti to classical Greek gods.

10:45­–12 noon   Roman to Medieval Bodies disguised, distorted, and displayed: from Emperor Augustus, Byzantine Theodora and Justinian, and Lady Godiva to Charles V.

12­–1 p.m.  Lunch (participants provide their own)

1–2:15 p.m.  Renaissance to Baroque Anatomical accuracy and exaggeration: from Michelangelo's muscular men, Dürer's science, and Rubens's voluptuous women to Louis XIV and high (-heeled) fashion.

2:30–3:30 p.m.  Rococo to Today Body language: from Fragonard's pampered ladies, Ingres's distorted odalisque, and Rodin's sensual sculpture to Picasso's fragmented forms.

 Smithsonian Journeys, Washington, DC

As the Smithsonian Expert on the following trips, I present several formal lectures on each, as well as many informal talks.


1. Smithsonian Journeys trip: "Essence of London," July 12-20 2017. For information: http://www.smithsonianjourneys.org/tours/london-stay/expert/

2. Smithsonian Journeys trip: "Saint Petersburg and the Baltics," August 15-28, 2017.  For information: http://www.smithsonianjourneys.org/tours/stpetersburg-baltics/itinerary/

The State Hermitage MuseumSaint Petersburg, Russia, 

Conference paper

"The Museum as Cultural Magnet: Enhanced Experience, Increased Attendance," Museum of the XXI Century: New Educational Paradigms. Third International Roundtable, November 2015.

Janetta Rebold Benton is Distinguished Professor of Art History at Pace University, NY. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, 2012-13, as Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Art History, European University, Saint Petersburg, Russia. 

Dr. Benton presents subscription lecture series at the Schimmel Center for the Arts, NYC, and subscription seminars at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. She presented subscription lecture series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art every season 1988-2011, and has also lectured at The Cloisters, NYC; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach; and elsewhere in America and abroad, including the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia and the Louvre, Paris, France. She is a lecturer on Smithsonian and Metropolitan Museum of Art trips throughout the world. A former resident of Paris, she taught courses in art history there as the Art Historian at the American Embassy.

 The author of eight books, her latest, HANDBOOK FOR THE HUMANITIES (Robert DiYanni co-author, Pearson, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2014), is published in paperback and as an E-book. ARTS AND CULTURE: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE HUMANITIES (Robert DiYanni co-author, Pearson/Prentice Hall, two volumes and combined volume, fourth edition, 2012) is also published in Chinese (2011). MATERIALS, METHODS, AND MASTERPIECES OF MEDIEVAL ART (Praeger Series on the Middle Ages, ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, CA, 2009) is available in hardcover and as an E-book. MEDIEVAL MISCHIEF: WIT AND HUMOUR IN THE ART OF THE MIDDLE AGES (The History Press, Sutton Publishing, Stroud, Gloucestershire, 2004) studies an engaging aspect of medieval art. ART OF THE MIDDLE AGES (Thames & Hudson, London, 2002) is published in the acclaimed World of Art series. HOLY TERRORS: GARGOYLES ON MEDIEVAL BUILDINGS (Abbeville Press, NY, 1997) is also published in French as SAINTES TERREURS: LES GARGOUILLES DANS L'ARCHITECTURE MÉDIÉVALE (2000). Dr. Benton was the guest curator and catalog author for the 1995 exhibition MEDIEVAL MONSTERS: DRAGONS AND FANTASTIC CREATURES at the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY. Her book, THE MEDIEVAL MENAGERIE: ANIMALS IN THE ART OF THE MIDDLE AGES (Abbeville Press, NY, 1992), a Book of the Month Club selection, is also published in French as BESTIAIRE MÉDIÉVAL: LES ANIMAUX  DANS  L'ART DU MOYEN AGE (1992). Articles by Dr. Benton appear in the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF HUMOR STUDIES, Sage Reference, Los Angeles, CA, 2014; the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition catalog, SET IN STONE: THE FACE IN MEDIEVAL SCULPTURE, 2007; as well as in scholarly journals including Cahiers de Civilisation Médiévale, Poitiers, 1998; Arte Medievale, Rome, 1993; Artibus et Historiae, Vienna, 1989; and Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte, Munich, 1985.

Dr. Benton was educated at Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, MDP diploma; earned her Ph.D. in Art History at Brown University; Master of Arts degree in Art History from George Washington University; and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Cornell University.