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Anna Swartwood House

Title: Assistant Professor / Art History
School of Visual Art and Design
Phone: 803-777-4766
Office: McMaster 332
Anna S House


PhD, Princeton University, 2011 

MA, Princeton University, 2004

BA, Trinity University, 2002


My research focuses on intersections between Renaissance art and artists north and south of the Alps; artists’ biographies; and the reception of art.  I am currently completing a book, based on my doctoral dissertation, that proposes a new understanding of the contributions of the Sicilian painter Antonello da Messina (c. 1430-1479) through the perspective of historiography and reception.

A second book project treats the frescoed façade—the painted, public “face” of a building, often a residence—in Renaissance Italy.   I want to know why there are so many painted buildings from the period 1500-1700; how they determined the “look” of a city for an visitor as well as for a resident; and how artists used them as stores of motifs and ideas. 

I teach courses on Renaissance and Baroque art in both Italy and the “North” (roughly, modern-day France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium), as well as the introductory art history survey.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.