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Paul Duro

  • Professor Emeritus

PhD, History and Theory of Art, University of Essex, 1984

514 Morey Hall
(585) 275-9249

Curriculum Vitae

Research Overview

Research Interests

  • theories of imitation
  • history painting
  • hierarchy of the genres
  • theories of the sublime
  • frame discourse and analysis
  • word and image studies
  • travel writing

Graduate Courses Taught

  • AHST 450:  Age of Baroque
  • AHST 506:  The Sublime
  • AHST 507:  Rhetoric of the Frame
  • AHST 508:  Mimesis: Theory and Practice
  • ENGL 550:  Aesthetics

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • AHST 101:  Introduction to Art and Visual Culture
  • AHST 214:  Cultural Contact: Artistic Encounters in a Global Context
  • AHST 229:  Art in Europe 1750-1830
  • AHST 233:  Thinking Through the Copy
  • AHST 250:  Age of Baroque

Selected Publications


  • The Academy and the Limits of Painting in Seventeenth-Century France, ‘Cambridge Studies in New Art History and Criticism,’ 300pp. + 80 illustrations, Cambridge University Press, 1997.
  • The Rhetoric of the Frame: Essays on the Boundaries of the Artwork, edited with an introduction and contributing essay, ‘Cambridge Studies in New Art History and Criticism,’ 322pp. + 68 illustrations, Cambridge University Press, hardback and soft cover, 1996.

Articles in Journals and Anthologies

  • ‘A Disturbance of Memory: Travel, Recollection, and the Experience of Place,’ in Anne Teresa Demo and Brad Vivian (eds.), Rhetoric, Remembrance, and Visual Form: Sighting Memory (Routledge, 2012), 49-66
  • ‘Observations on the Burkean Sublime,’ Word and Image (forthcoming 2012/early 2013).
  • ‘Great and Noble Ideas of the Moral Kind: Joseph Wright of Derby and the Scientific Sublime,’ Art History, 33/4 (2010), 660-679.
  • ‘Imitation and Authority: The Creation of the Academic Canon in French Art, 1648-1870,’ in Anna Brzyski (ed.), Partisan Canons (Duke University Press, 2007), 95-113.
  • ‘Giving Up On History: The Hierarchy of Genres in Early Nineteenth-Century French Painting,’ in About Stephen Bann (London: Blackwell, 2006), 117-39.

Selected Awards/Grants

  • Bridging Fellow, Department of English, University of Rochester, Fall 2008. Summer Fellow, Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass, 2002.
  • Visiting Fellow, Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, 1998-99.
  • Getty Summer Institute, University of Rochester, NY, 1998.
  • Faculty Research Grant Scheme, Australian National University, 1996-99.


  • Association of Art Historians (U.K.)
  • College Art Association (USA)
  • Reader, Art History, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Editorial Board, Art Bulletin, 2007-11; chair 2010-11
  • Advisory Board, InVisible Culture, University of Rochester

Current Projects

  • Art and ornament in Rococo visual culture; Detail, parergonality and fragment; Art as symbolic form.
  • Theorizing Imitation in a Global Context, an anthology of essays edited with introduction; forthcoming from Blackwell Publishing, approx. 208 pages, 2014-15