Stephen Clancy

Stephen Clancy

Emeritus Professor , Department of Art History
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences
Faculty, Honors Program
Faculty, Classical Studies
Faculty, Jewish Studies
Faculty, Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Specialty:Medieval and Northern Renaissance art and architecture

I began my career not as an academic but as a lawyer, practicing law in both California and Vermont before returning to grad school to get my Ph.D in Art History.  I teach a wide range of courses on the art and architecture of the Middle Ages and Northern Renaissance, as well as introductory-level art history courses.  I began my research career by focusing on fifteenth-century illuminated manuscripts of France and Flanders, specifically manuscripts associated with Jean Fouquet and Simon Marmion. In recent years I have focused on research more directly relevant to my teaching at Ithaca College.  For example, I worked with a team of students to investigate how technology can open up new avenues for understanding the art and architecture of the distant past, in a project entitled "Virtual Chartres Cathedral." I have also developed a course entitled "Muslims, Jews, and Christians in Medieval Spain," which examines the rich cultural interactions that took place on the Iberian peninsula during the Middle Ages, and their implications for the modern era. In support of this project I spent 12 weeks in 2010 as a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University's Humanities Research Centre in Canberra, investigating the roles that images play in shaping cultural identity. My most recent course-development project took me to a number of medieval Jewish cultural sites in Germany and France where the past is being recreated and reinvented, including the strange case of the alleged medieval synagogue in Chablis, France, recently restored by one of the town's wealthiest wine-makers. This project will result in the offering of a new course entitled "Jewish Imagery and Images of Jews" during the 2014-15 academic year.

And I always enjoy traveling with students on our annual departmental field trip, which in late September 2013 took us to New York City.

Principal courses:

  • Episodes in Western Art
  • Introduction to Visual Culture
  • Understanding Art
  • Introduction to the Medieval World
  • Architecture from Catacombs to Cathedrals
  • Northern Renaissance Art
  • Jewish Imagery, Images of Jews
  • Muslims, Jews, and Christians in Medieval Spain
  • Seminar: The Gothic Cathedral
  • Seminar: The Medieval City
  • Seminar: The Medieval Manuscript
  • Honors Seminar: The Prison of Images
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