Dr.  Sean Roberts

Interim Director of Art History


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  • Ph.D. in History of Art, Univeristy of Michigan, 2006
  • BA in Art HistoryUniversity of New Hampshire, 1999


Sean Roberts is a specialist in the arts of Renaissance Europe. His research is concerned with the interactions between Italy and the Islamic lands and with the place of prints in the histories of art and technology. Sean is the author of Printing a Mediterranean World: Florence, Constantinople and the Renaissance of Geography (Harvard University Press, 2013) and is the co-editor with Tim McCall and Giancarlo Fiorenza of Visual Cultures of Secrecy in Early Modern Europe (Truman State University Press, 2013). He has been awarded major fellowships from Harvard's Villa I Tatti, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, and the Huntington Library. His essays on cartography, diplomacy, and printmaking have appeared in journals including Imago Mundi, Print Quarterly, Renaissance Studies, the Journal of Early Modern History, and Intellectual History Review. He is currently writing an examination of skullduggery and malfeasance among the earliest engravers titled Sabotage! Rivalry, Technology, and the Making of Renaissance Prints.


  • Printing a Mediterranean World: Florence, Constantinople, and the Renaissance of Geography, Harvard University Press, 2013.
  • Visual Cultures of Secrecy in Early Modern Europe, co-edited with Timothy McCall and Giancarlo Fiorenza, Truman State University Press, 2013.

Professional Service

  • Executive Vice President (President Designate), Italian Art Society, 2015-2017
  • Affiliated Faculty, USC/Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute, 2014-present