is an art historian
and the Mildred C. Jay Professor of Art at Oberlin College
, where he has taught since 1974. Professor Hood is now a visiting professor at Columbia University where in the Spring 2008 Semester, he is teaching "Early Italian Art: 1250-1500."
His research interests center around Italian Renaissance art, as well as the art of 17th and 18th century France, Italy, and Spain. He has published on a variety of subjects in Renaissance and Baroque art. His book, Fra Angelico at San Marco
, published by Yale University Press
, won the 1993 George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award
, the 1994 Eric Mitchell Prize
and was a finalist in the Premio Salimbeni Competition
in Italy. His book-in-progress is entitled Made Men: Essays on the Heroic Male Nude from Michelangelo to Mapplethorpe.
Education and scholarship
Professor Hood received his B.A. and M.F.A. at the University of Georgia
. He did his doctoral work at the Institute of Fine Arts
in New York and was awarded a Ph.D. in 1977.
He has taught at Oberlin College since 1974 and holds the endowed Mildred C. Jay professorship in art history. He is a fellow at the American Academy in Rome, as well as the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at the Villa I Tatti in Florence, where he held two visiting professorships from 1989-90 and from 1999-2000.
He is also a 2005 recipient of an Andrew W. Mellon fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
1. Publisher Page for Fra Angelico at San Marco
2. Oberlin College "Faculty Expert" Page
3. Professor Hood at Columbia University