Patricio Keith Moxey

Barbara Novak ’50 Professor of Art History

Keith Moxey, professor of art history, came to Barnard in 1988 after teaching at Tufts University and the University of Virginia. As a scholar of Renaissance art in Northern Europe and a student of the historiography and philosophy of art history, he has lectured and taught widely in the United States and abroad. Recent appointments include: Northwestern University, Evanston, 2005; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, 2006, and the Institute of Art History, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, 2007. He anchors the Introduction to Art History, a team-taught course that introduces students to art making as a global phenomenon, and teaches courses on the art of the Renaissance in Northern Europe and graduate seminars on the philosophy of art, such as “The Iconic Turn” and “Art After the ‘End’ of Art.”

Selected Publications


The Practice of Persuasion: Politics and Paradox in Art History (Ithaca: Cornell, 2001). (Also translated into Spanish and Korean.)

The Practice of Theory: Poststructuralism, Cultural Politics, and Art History (Ithaca: Cornell, 1994). (Also translated into Spanish and Korean.)

Peasants, Warriors, and Wives: Popular Imagery in the Reformation (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989; reprinted 2005)

Pieter Aertsen, Joachim Beuckelaer and the Rise of Secular Painting in the Context of the Reformation (New York: Garland, 1977)


Art History, Aesthetics, Visual Studies, co-editor (Williamstown, Massachusetts: Clark Art Institute, 2002)

The Subjects of Art History: Historical Objects in Contemporary Perspective (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998; translated into Korean.)

Visual Culture: Images and Interpretations (Hanover, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, 1994)

Visual Theory: Painting and Interpretation (New York: HarperCollins; Cambridge: Polity Press, 1991)

Recent Articles:

“Mimesis and Iconoclasm,” Art History 32, 1 (2009), 52-78.

“Visual Studies and the Iconic Turn,” Journal of Visual Culture 7, 2 (2008), 131-146.

Academic Focus: 

Northern Renaissance art
Philosophy of history

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M.A., University of Edinburgh

M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago

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