Mark Rosen

Associate Professor - Arts And Humanities
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies - Arts and Humanities
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Tags: art history history of cartography early modern art italian art and culture art and science AHST HUAS VPAS

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - History of Art
University of California, Berkeley - 2004
M.A. - History of Art
University of California, Berkeley - 2001
B.A. - English
University of California, Berkeley - 1993

Research Areas

History of Art
Early modern art, with a focus on Italian art of the 14th through 17th centuries.
History of Cartography
The history of medieval and renaissance maps, including related fields like travel, pilgrimage, and the print trade


 “As the World Turns: Revisiting Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s Lost Wheel Map in Siena,” in Art and Experience in Trecento Italy, eds. Sarah Wilkins and Holly Flora (Turnhout: Brepols, 2018), 261–272  2018 - Publication
"Jachia ben Mehmet and the Medici Court," in The Medici and their Archive: Politics and Culture in Early Modern Tuscany, eds. Alessio Assonitis and Brian Sandberg (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2016), 261-272. 2016 - Publication
The Mapping of Power in Renaissance Italy: Painted Cartographic Cycles in Social and Intellectual Context (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015) 2015 - Publication
“Pietro Tacca’s Quattro Mori and the Conditions of Slavery in Early Seicento Tuscany,” The Art Bulletin 97 (2015): 34–57  2015 - Publication
“A New Chronology of the Construction and Restoration of the Medici Guardaroba in the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence,” Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz 53 (2009): 285–308  2009 - Publication
"Charismatic Cosmography in Late Cinquecento Florence," Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences (2009): 575-90. 2009 - Publication
"The Republic at Work: S. Marco's Reliefs of the Venetian Trades," The Art Bulletin 90, no. 1 (2008): 54-76. 2008 - Publication
"The Medici Grand Duchy and Rubens's First Trip to Spain: A New Document," Oud Holland 121 (2008): 147-152. 2008 - Publication
"Don Miniato Pitti and the Second Life of a Scientist's Tools in Cinquecento Florence," Nuncius 18 (2003): 3-24 2003 - Publication


Associate Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2015–Present]
Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2008–2015]


The Bird’s-Eye View and the Viewer
2017/01–2021/12 A book project on the development of city portrayals from the late medieval period through the birth of print through the eighteenth century.


“The Balloonist and the Mapmaker”
2019/12–2019/12 Rutgers University, Distinguished Speaker Series, Departments of Art History and Geography, December 2019 
“The Early Modern Bird’s-Eye View as a Mode of Seeing”
2018/11–2018/11 Sponsored by the Center for Renaissance Studies and the Chicago Map Society, Newberry Library, Chicago, IL, November 2018 
“Worlds Apart: The Four Continents and the Civitates orbis terrarum”
2018/01–2018/01 Gendered Bodies and Maps: Personifications of the Continents, symposium at the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Los Angeles, CA, January 2018 
“The Early Modern Bird’s-Eye View as Map, Art, and Technology”
2017/03–2017/03 Carleton College, Edwin L. Weisl Lectureship in the Arts Sponsored by the Robert Lehman Foundation, Northfield, MN, March, 2017 
“The Pierre Levée of Poitiers as Allegorical Site in the Civitates orbis terrarum”
2016/06–2016/06 Allegory and Topography in the Early Modern Period (16th–18th Centuries), symposium at the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, sponsored by HiCSA, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Centre André Chastel (UMR 8150), Paris, France, June 2016 

Additional Information

Personal Statement
Dr. Mark Rosen specializes in late medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art, with a special interest in cartography. From 2019 through 2021 he is serving as President of the Italian Art Society, an international organization sponsoring grants, conference sessions, lectures, and the study of Italian art from prehistory to the present. He is the author of The Mapping of Power in Renaissance Italy (Cambridge University Press, 2015), a study of cartography and collecting at the sixteenth-century Medici court in Florence, and is currently at work on a study of the meaning and uses of the bird's-eye view in early modern art, thought, and culture.

For undergraduate students, he regularly teaches AHST 2331 (Understanding Art), AHST 3313 (Medieval Art and Architecture), AHST 3315 (Renaissance Art and Architecture) and AHST 3316 (Baroque Art and Architecture). His graduate courses have included courses on Leonardo da Vinci, Late Medieval Art, Travel and Pilgrimage, The Social History of Art, and The Year 1600. He is an active member of and teacher in the Edith O'Donnell Institute of Art History at UT-Dallas.

Rosen earned his doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley, and held a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the Medici Archive Project in the Archivio di Stato of Florence, Italy. He has also received fellowships from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Huntington Library, the Harry Ransom Center, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Fondazione Roberto Longhi. He has published in a number of art-historical and historical journals, including Art Bulletin, Source, Oud Holland, Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences, Nuncius, and CAA Reviews.

Dr. Rosen currently serves as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies for the School of Arts and Humanities.
Classroom teaching
  •  2008, Fall, AHST 3315, Art of the Renaissance
  •  2008, Fall, HUAS 6315, Arts in Historical Contexts: Leonardo da Vinci—Man, Machine, Artifice
  •  2009, Spring, AHST 3316, Art of the Baroque
  •  2009, Spring, AHST 4342, Topics in Art History: Love and Marriage in Renaissance Italy
  •  2009, Summer, HUAS 6315, Arts in Historical Contexts: Love and Marriage in Renaissance Italy
  •  2009, Fall, AHST 3315, Art of the Renaissance
  •  2009, Fall, AHST 4342, Topics in Art History: Medieval Venice—Art, Politics, and Culture
  •  2009, Fall, HUAS 6315, Arts in Historical Contexts: Late Medieval Art—Art and the City
  •  2010, Spring, AHST 2331, Understanding Art: Art and Biography (Collegium V Honors class)
  •  2010, Spring, HUMA 5300, Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Arts and Humanities: The Map
  •  2010, Fall, AHST 3316, Art of the Baroque
  •  2010, Fall, HUAS 6315, Arts in Historical Contexts: Style and Mannerism
  •  2011, Spring, AHST 2331, Understanding Art (Collegium V Honors class)
  •  2011, Spring, AHST 3315, Art of the Renaissance
  •  2011, Spring, HUAS 6315, Arts in Historical Contexts: Renaissance and Baroque Sculpture
Grants/contracts awarded
  •  William and Flora Hewlitt Foundation Fellowship for Graduate Study (Three-Year), fall 1996–spring 1999, University of California, Berkeley
  •  Dean’s Fellowship, fall 1999, University of California, Berkeley
  •  Fondazione Robert Longhi Predoctoral Fellowship (One-Year), Florence, Italy, fall 2000–spring 2001
  •  Samuel H. Kress Foundation Two-Year Institutional Predoctoral Fellowship with residency at the Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence, Italy, fall 2001–spring 2003
  •  Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Research Grant, summer 2006, Venice, Italy
  •  National Endowment for the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship, Medici Archive Project, Archivio di Stato, Florence, fall 2006–spring 2008; Piazza Santa Croce 21, 50122 Firenze, Italy

News Articles

Art History Professor Charts Course of Renaissance Maps, Wins Award
How do you draw a map of the unknown? 
In his new book, Dr. Mark Rosen, assistant professor of aesthetic studies at UT Dallas and a member of the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, sets out to show how Renaissance mapmakers communicated effectively when exploration of distant reaches of the world was ongoing and knowledge about certain territories remained incomplete.
Extreme Field Trip: To Birmingham and Back in a Day
It’s rare that a graduate class takes a 1,282-mile trip to see an exhibit, then flies back home in the same day.  But it’s not often that original drawings by Leonardo da Vinci are part of the itinerary. 

 Dr. Mark Rosen, assistant professor of aesthetic studies in the School of Arts & Humanities, took his graduate seminar to Birmingham, Ala., to see the drawings, which had made a trans-Atlantic journey to spend some time in America. 

The class spent the day at “Leonardo da Vinci: Drawings from the Biblioteca Reale in Turin,” hosted by the Birmingham Museum of Art.
Rosen Elected President of Italian Art Society
Dr. Mark Rosen, associate dean of undergraduate studies in the School of Arts and Humanities, has been elected president of the Italian Art Society, an academic group that organizes and encourages the study of Italian art.

Rosen, an associate professor of art history and aesthetic studies, examines the relationship between art and cartography in early modern Europe as well as Italian art from the late Middle Ages through the middle of the 17th century.

“This is the era of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello and Raphael — once considered at the very center of all art history and the first era to fuse classicism and modernity,” Rosen said. “But as the field has necessarily expanded to think about global patterns, non-European traditions, and the economics of art, teaching and studying those artists is newly challenging and exciting.”


President, Italian Art Society
Vice President, Italian Art Society