Michael Cole

Professor and Department Chair

Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1999

Contact Information

Phone: (212) 854-8940
Office: 826 Schermerhorn Hall
Office Hours: Wednesdays, 2-4


Michael Cole writes and teaches on European art of the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries, with a specialization in early modern Italy.  His recent books and articles have focused on sculpture and urbanism in Rome and Florence, on Renaissance magic and demonology, and on experimental etching. In 2009-2010, he was Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor at Williams College.

Selected Books

Ambitious Form: Giambologna, Ammanati, and Danti in Florence, Princeton University Press, 2011.

Italian Renaissance Art (with Stephen Campbell), Thames & Hudson, 2011.

The Early Modern Painter-Etcher, (editor), Penn State Press, 2006.

Inventions of the Studio, Renaissance to Romanticism, (with Mary Pardo, co-editor), University of North Carolina Press, 2004.

Cellini and the Principles of Sculpture, London and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Selected Articles

"Perpetual Exorcism in Sistine Rome," from Michael Cole and Rebecca Zorach, ed., The Idol in the Age of Art: Objects, Devotions, and the Early Modern World (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009): 57-76 PDF

"Giambologna and the Sculpture with No Name," Oxford Art Journal 32 (2008): 337-60 PDF

"Bernini Struts," in Projecting Identities: The Power of Material Culture, ed. Joanna Sofaer Derevenski (London: Blackwell [New Interventions in Art History Series], 2007): 55-66 PDF

"Harmonic Force in Cinquecento Painting," in Animationen/Transgressionen: Das Kunstwerk als Lebewesen (Hamburger Forschungen zur Kunstgeschichte; 4), ed. Ulrich Pfisterer and Anja Zimmermann (Berlin: Akademie-Verlag, 2005): 73-94 PDF

"Münzen als Medaillen unter den ersten Medici-Herzögen," in Die Renaissance-Medaille in Italien und Deutschland, ed. Georg Satzinger (Münster: Tholos Kunsthistorische Studien, 2004): 195-212 PDF

"The Demonic Arts and the Origin of the Medium," Art Bulletin 84 (2002): 621-640 PDF

"The Figura Sforzata: Modeling, Power, and the Mannerist Body," Art History 24 (2001): 520-51 PDF