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University of Delaware304A Old CollegeNewark, DE 19716<div class="ExternalClass73A8227A46BA4B4E84730461F2A70E88"><p><strong>David M. Stone</strong>, Professor of Art History and Director of the Curatorial Track Ph.D. in Art History, is a specialist in Italian Baroque art. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harva​rd University. His method seeks to integrate technical art history, connoisseurship, and stylistic analysis with close study of seventeenth-century literary and artistic theory, religious and political culture, and patterns of patronage and art collecting. Many of his seminars involve working with original objects at local museums.</p><p>Professor Stone is best known for his work on Caravaggio. Much of his recent research is devoted to the artist’s 15-month sojourn on the island of Malta, where Caravaggio served the Catholic military order of the Knights Hospitaller of St. John of Jerusalem, eventually becoming an honorary member of the order himself. For research on Caravaggio and the Knights of Malta, Stone received a 1995-1996 Andrew W. Mellon Senior Fellowship in the Department of European Painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and a 1997-1998 Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Rome Prize in Art History from the American Academy in Rome. For 2002-2003, he was awarded a two-term membership in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey. In 2004-2005, Stone participated in the groundbreaking exhibition, <em>Caravaggio: The Final Years,</em> organized by the Museo di Capodimonte in Naples and the National Gallery in London. He recently published (with K. Sciberras) <em>Caravaggio: Art, Knighthood, and Malta</em> (Malta: Midsea, 2006); "Self and Myth in Caravaggio's <em>David and Goliath"</em> (rev. version), in <em>Caravaggio: Realism, Rebellion, Reception,</em> ed. G. Warwick (Newark, Delaware: University of Delaware Press, 2006); and "Signature Killer: Caravaggio and the Poetics of Blood," <em>Art Bulletin</em> 94 (December 2012). In 2009, Stone co-chaired an historic six sessions on Caravaggio and his followers for the Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Los Angeles. A selection of papers from this conference (and others) is now gathered in L. Pericolo and D. M. Stone (eds.), <em>Caravaggio: Reflections and Refractions</em> (Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2014), which includes Stone’s essay, "Caravaggio Betrayals: The Lost Painter and the 'Great Swindle.'"</p><p>A leading international authority on the Bolognese artist Guercino, Professor Stone organized <em>Guercino, Master Draftsman: Works from North American Collections,</em> an exhibition which traveled to the Harvard University Art Museums, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Cleveland Museum of Art in 1991. He also wrote the accompanying catalogue (Bologna: Nuova Alfa Editoriale, 1991). In the same year he published <em>Guercino: Catalogo complete dei dipinti</em> (Florence: Cantini Editore, 1991), a complete catalogue of the artist's paintings. While consultant to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., for their 1992 Guercino exhibition, Professor Stone organized and chaired "Guercino: Nature and Idea; A Quadricentennial Symposium." Sponsored by the National Gallery of Art, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Department of Art History at the University of Delaware, the two-day symposium was accompanied by an exhibition at the Delaware Art Museum curated by Stone: <em>Mostly Baroque: Italian Paintings and Drawings from the Collection of Carlo Croce.</em> More recently he co-curated (with B. Buscaroli) a small exhibition at the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna: <em>Il Gesto Trattenuto: Torna a Bologna un alfresco del Guercino; "La Madonna che offer un bocciolo di rosa al Bambino"</em> (exh. cat., Bologna: Bononia University Press, 2006). He also contributed an essay to <em>Guercino: Early Paintings from Cento and Bologna,</em> ed. F. Gozzi and M. Naldi (Bologna: MGP, 2009), which accompanied an exhibition of the same title held in New York and Bologna: "Il 'vero' Guercino e il vero" [and in English: "The 'Real' Guercino and Reality"]. Stone also contributed entries on Guercino to several recent exhibition catalogues, including <em>Il Cavalier Calabrese: Mattia Preti, tra Caravaggio e Luca Giordano,</em> ed. V. Sgarbi and K. Sciberras (Milan: Silvana, 2013), and <em>Italian Master Drawings from the Princeton University Art Museum,</em> ed. Laura M. Giles et al. (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Art Museum; New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2014).</p><p>Stone teaches courses on a wide variety of topics, including seminars on Caravaggio: Methods and Mythologies; Authorship and Authenticity in Italian Renaissance and Baroque Drawings; Originality, Virtuosity, Creativity in Italian Art and Theory; Bernini and Roman Baroque Sculpture; Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi; Guercino: Painter and Draftsman; Caravaggio’s Followers, from Manfredi to Ribera; Bolognese Painting from the Carracci to Crespi; and Baroque Poetics and Imagery. He also regularly teaches an undergraduate survey of European Baroque Art and Architecture; and an introductory course on Western Art: Renaissance to Modern.</p><p>Stone is a Trustee of the American Academy in Rome and a member of the AAR Advisory Council to the Committee on the School of Classical Studies. He is also Chief External Examiner in the Department of History of Art, University of Malta.</p></div><div class="ExternalClass81D4C445E7794CEDBAA61365438F1008"><p>For downloads of many of Professor Stone's publications, please go to:</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a>​​</p></div>Selected Publicationsdmstone@udel.eduStone, David M.302-831-2697<img alt="David M. Stone" src="/Images%20Bios/People/Faculty/stone-bio.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Professor, FAAR '98 (on sabbatical leave 2020)Southern Baroque ArtPh.D. Harvard University



Caravaggio: Reflections and Refractions Bookshelf/stone-caravaggio-reflections.jpgCaravaggio: Reflections and RefractionsStone, David M.and Lorenzo Pericolo, eds.AshgateFarnham, Surrey2014<p>As this collection of essays makes clear, the paths to grasping the complexity of Caravaggio’s art are multiple and variable. Art historians from the UK and North America offer new or recently updated interpretations of the works of seventeenth-century Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio and of his many followers known as the Caravaggisti. The volume deals with all the major aspects of Caravaggio’s paintings: technique, creative process, religious context, innovations in pictorial genre and narrative, market strategies, biography, patronage, reception, and new hermeneutical trends. The concluding section tackles the essential question of Caravaggio’s legacy and the production of his followers-not only in terms of style but from some highly innovative strategies: concettismo; art marketing and the price of pictures; self-fashioning and biography; and the concept of emulation.<br></p>
Caravaggio: Art, Knighthood, and Malta Bookshelf/stone-caravaggio-malta.jpgCaravaggio: Art, Knighthood, and MaltaStone, David M.and Keith SciberrasMidseaValletta2006<p>Caravaggio’s sojourn on the island of Malta in 1607-1608 is one of the most fascinating episodes in Baroque art. The chance to obtain a knighthood and redeem himself for a crime he committed in Rome brought him to Malta. This book tells the story of Caravaggio’s voyage to Malta, his interactions with the Knights and their Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt, and the magnificent paintings he made for them. The book presents new iconographic, technical, and stylistic analyses of all of the Maltese pictures as well as two chapters devoted to discussion of Caravaggio’s importance in the history of art and the chronological problems in his late works. This study which is based on original archival research, also includes an account of Caravaggio’s crime in Malta, his imprisonment, and daring escape to Sicily.<br></p>

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