Art History & Art Conservation

Department of Art History & Art Conservation

Cathleen Hoeniger

Ontario Hall
(613) 533 6000 x77346

Teaching and Research Interests

My graduate courses on Cultural Heritage Preservation explore the development of measures to protect and salvage artistic works and the built environment around the world, from ancient times to UNESCO in the present, with emphasis placed on the two world wars of the 20th century, and especially the reaction to the Holocaust and to the enormous damage caused by WWII. At the undergraduate level, I teach a survey of the impact of war on art and architecture from Ancient Mesopotamia to the contemporary world. My personal research and publishing focuses on Italian Medieval and Renaissance art and the destructive impact of war, examining both the Napoleonic period (1796-1815) and World War Two.

My research and publishing emphasis lies in Italian Painting from the 13th-16th centuries (Florence, Siena, Umbria and Rome), and the eventful history of the restoration and conservation of Italian paintings. I also studied the History of Science and Medicine at the graduate level, and have published on medical and botanical illustrations in Italy in the late medieval and early Renaissance period.

My two books (1995 and 2011) consider important Italian paintings as physical objects that have been transformed in various ways over the decades and centuries, by damage and repair, by restoration and conservation. For instance, my second book, The Afterlife of Raphael’s Paintings (2011), examines many of Raphael’s extraordinary paintings as they journeyed through over 500 years of history, using the approaches of reception theory and object biography.

Fields of Graduate Supervision at the MA and PhD Levels:
a) Italian Late Medieval and Renaissance Painting; Raphael of Urbino and the Artist’s Reception.
b) Cultural Heritage Preservation in Europe from 1794 to the Present (Napoleonic Wars, WWI and WWII, The Balkans Conflict, Impact of Military Conflict and Natural Disasters on Artistic Heritage, Rise of UNESCO, Cultural Heritage Legislation).
c) The History and Theory of Art Restoration/Conservation.
d) Art, Science and Medicine in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.


Recent Publications

The Afterlife of Raphael's Paintings

"The Afterlife of Raphael's Paintings", (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

"The Illuminated Tacuinum sanitatis Manuscripts from Northern Italy c. 1380-1400: Sources, Patrons, and the Creation of a New Pictorial Genre," a chapter in Visualizing Medieval Medicine and Natural History, 1200-1550, AVISTA Studies in the History of Medieval Technology, Science, and Art, eds. J. Givens, K. Reeds, and A. Touwaite (Ashgate Publishers, 2006), pp. 51-81.

"The Art Requisitions by the French under Napoléon and the Detachment of Frescoes in Rome, with an Emphasis on Raphael", in: La restauration des oeuvres d'art en Europe entre 1789 et 1815: pratiques, transferts, enjeux, ed. Noémie Étienne, published in the journal:  CeROArt-Conservation, exposition, restauration d&'objets d'arts (revue électronique/ on-line journal), 8 (2012), [published 10 April 2012]

"The Renovation of Paintings in Tuscany, 1250‑1500" (Cambridge University Press, 1995).

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses
ARTH 214 Renaissance Art and Architecture before 1500
ARTH 260 Culture and Conflict
ARTH 312 Quattrocento Painting
ARTH 401 Studies in Iconography
ARTH 404 Conservation Principles

Graduate Courses

ARTH 811: Museums, Collecting and Culture II: The Louvre Museum, 1793-1815
ARTH 840 Raphael of Urbino
ARTH 860 Cultural Heritage Preservation