John Varriano has a special interest in the art and architecture of seventeenth-century Rome and has published more than three dozen specialized studies in his field. His most recent book is Caravaggio and the Art of Realism (Penn State Press, 2006).
Active in the European Studies Program, Varriano has also served four terms as chair of the Department of Art. He held an endowed chair named after the first woman in America to spend her junior year abroad, and he strongly encouraged his current students to do the same.
Varriano taught European art from the fifteenth-eighteenth centuries. His intermediate-level courses included Italian Renaissance Art, Southern Baroque Art, and Northern Baroque Art. His recent seminars have included The Sacred and the Profane, The History of the City of Rome, Palladio and Palladianism, Caravaggio and His Followers, and Old Master Drawings.
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- "John Varriano on Caravaggio's Lost Painting," Office of Communications, December 21, 2006