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Queen's University

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Graduate Chair and Director of the Queen’s Venice Summer School
Ph.D. (University of St Andrews)
(613)533-6000 x75833

Research Interests

Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture, in particular Venetian art of the sixteenth century; the study of patronage; the history of collecting and reception in seventeenth and eighteenth century Venice.


Allison Sherman is a specialist in Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture, with a particular emphasis on Venice. She received her first two degrees from Queen’s University and returned to campus in September 2011 as a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow.  Her current research is focused on strategies employed by the Venetian Republic to preserve and display works of art displaced from suppressed monasteries and convents in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. She has published on Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, artistic competition, lay procurator patronage and identity formation in sixteenth-century Venice, the lost Venetian church of Santa Maria Assunta dei Crociferi, and the image of Venice disseminated in printed panoramic views of the city.  She has been the recipient of numerous grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, as well as the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and Burlington Magazine Foundation.  Allison is also a proud alumna of the Queen’s Venice Summer School, a program she now teaches on an annual basis with Dr. Krystina Stermole. (Learn more about the Venice Summer School)


inganno.gif Ad ogni maniera :  Tintoretto Imitates Veronese?” in  Inganno – The Art of Deception , eds. Sharon Gregory and Sally Hickson (Ashgate Publishing, 2012, pp. 61–81).
San_Lorenzo_WEB.gif “La Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta dei Crociferi” in  La Notte di San Lorenzo: Genesi, contesti, peripezie du un capolavoro di Tiziano , eds. Lionello Puppi and Letizia Lonzi (Tipografia Antiga per L’Editore Terraferma, 2013, pp. 16–43).
ArtandIdentity_JonesandAvcioglu.jpg “‘Soli Deo honor et gloria’? Cittadino Lay Procurator Patronage and the Art of Identity Formation in Renaissance Venice” in  Architecture, Art and Identity in Venice and its Territories , eds. Naby Avcioğlu and Emma Jones (Ashgate Publishing, forthcoming 2013).
artibus_et_historiae_titian_lawrence.jpg “Murder and Martyrdom: Titian’s Gesuiti  St. Lawrence as a Family Peace Offering”,  Artibus et Historiae ,   forthcoming 2013.
Image-of-venice.gif "The Image of Venice in Text and Image, 1500-1600" in  The Image of Venice in Early Stuart England: Perception, Representation, Interpretation , eds. Deborah Howard and Henrietta McBurney Ryan (Paul Holberton Publishing, forthcoming November 2013). 

Artistic Practices and Cultural Transfer in Early Modern Italy. Essays in Honour of Deborah Howard , eds. Nebhat Avcioglu and Allison Sherman (Ashgate, 2014) 

BvrlingtonMagazine.png "To God alone the honour and glory: further notes on the patronage of Pietro Lombardo's choir screen in the Frari, Venice",  The Burlington Magazine  156 (November 2014): 723-728.

Courses Taught:

ARTH 492: Studies in the Literature of Art
ARTH 457: The Palladian Villa: Antecedents and Tradition
ARTH 245: Art and Architecture of Renaissance Venice

Courses 2013/2014

ARTH 214: Renaissance Art and Architecture before 1500
ARTH 245: Art and Architecture of Renaissance Venice
ARTH 486/862: Sixteenth-Century Painting in Venice

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000