Art History & Art Conservation


Art History & Art Conservation


Art History & Art Conservation

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Cathleen Hoeniger

Ontario Hall
(613) 533 6000 x77346

Biography and Research Interests

My new graduate course, Cultural Heritage Preservation, reflects my research interest in the development of measures to preserve cultural heritage globally, from ancient times to UNESCO in the present. 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 art and the destructive impact of war, examining both the Napoleonic period (c. 1800) and World War Two. My strength lies in Italian Painting from the 13th-16th centuries (Florence, Siena, Rome and Umbria), 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. My two books 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. My book, The Afterlife of Raphael’s Paintings (2011), examines many of Raphael’s amazing works as they journeyed through over 500 years of history.


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: Pagan Themes in the Renaissance
ARTH 404 Conservation Principles

Graduate Courses
ARTH 840 Raphael of Urbino
ARTH 860 Cultural Heritage Preservation