Carolyn Guile

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Carolyn Guile

Associate Professor of Art; Co-Director, Center for Freedom & Western Civilization

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Art, Medieval and Renaissance Studies


I teach European art and architecture of the 15th-18th centuries in the department of Art and Art History. I serve as  Director of the Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and Co-Director of the Center for Freedom and Western Civilization.  My research interests include East-Central European art and architecture with an emphasis on the current and historical territories of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, wooden vernacular architectures in the sub-Carpathian lands,  the relationship between architecture and national identity,  and the impact of conflict on cultural property and heritage in twentieth- and twenty-first century- Eastern Europe.  I am also interested in the use of photogrammetry in heritage protection.

My book,  'Remarks on Architecture.' The Vitruvian Tradition in Enlightenment Poland (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2015) analyzes, translates, and publishes for the first time a late eighteenth-century Polish treatise on architecture by the statesman and co-author of Poland's 3 May 1791 Constitution, Ignacy Potocki. It discusses Potocki's views on architecture's potential to improve the nation while also serving as a platform for the critique of national and cultural traditions. My current book project is focused on early modern architectures within the sub-Carpathian borderlands.

I serve as Executive Director of Red Arch Cultural Heritage Law & Policy Research,  where I engage the problem of conflict as it affects cultural heritage and cultural property.  With Michael Danti I co-organized the Colgate symposium, "Preserving Cultural Heritage in Times of Conflict" (2018).  For inquiries:

Katarzyna Jagodzińska, Museums and Centers of Contemporary Art in Central Europe After 1989.  Carolyn C. Guile, trans. Routledge Research in Museum Studies. New York: Routledge, 2019.
'Remarks on the Politics of Portraiture in Early Modern Poland," In, Anu Allas and BeataHock, eds. Globalizing East European Art Histories: Past and Present. London: Routledge 2017

'Remarks on Architecture.' The Vitruvian Tradition in Enlightenment Poland. University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2015; paperback edition 2016.

“Circulations: Early Modern Architecture in the Polish-Lithuanian Borderlands.” In, Circulations: Global Art History and Materialist Historicism. Edited by Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, Catherine Dossin, Beatrice Joyeux-Prunel. Ashgate, 2015. ISBN 978-1-4724-5456-0

“Eye of the World,” for Mark Dion, The Phantom Museum—Wonder Workshop. Hamilton, NY: Clifford Gallery; Picker Art Gallery, 2015.

"Sebastian Sierakowski, S.J. and the Language of Architecture," in Robert Maryks and Jon Wright, eds., Jesuit Survival and Restoration: 200th Anniversary Perspectives, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2014.  ISBN: 9789004282384 E-ISBN: 9789004283879

Review of Stanisław Mossakowski, King Sigismund Chapel at Cracow Cathedral (1515-1533), Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 73:1, March, 2014

"Winckelmann in Poland: An Eighteenth-Century Response to the 'History of the Art of Antiquity,'" Journal of Art Historiography 9 (December 2013)

"Newtonian Pictures: Francesco Algarotti's Writings on Art as Science,"Reflections on Renaissance Venice. Essays in Honor of Patricia Fortini Brown, Milan: 5 Continents, 2013, 209-220. ISBN: 8874396341

“Bookends and Endgames in the Art of Xu Bing,” in Reading Space: The Art of Xu Bing, ed. C. Guile, Colgate University, March 2009 

“Art in Eastern Europe: Poland and the Czech Lands”, Encyclopedia of the Renaissance. Vol.2 (New York: Prentice Hall, 2000) 236-41.

BA, University of California, Berkeley; MA, PhD, Princeton University

  • CORE151 - Legacies of the Ancient World
  • ARTS102 - Survey of Western Art: Rebirth of Classical Antiquity to Revolution
  • ARTS105 - Introduction to Architecture
  • ARTS216 - Southern European Renaissance Art
  • ARTS226 - Baroque Arts
  • ARTS220 - Early Modern European Architecture
  • ARTS360 - Borderlands: Art and Architecture of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
  • ARTS381 - Special Topics in Art History: War and Plunder
  • ARTS482 - Razing the Stakes: Cultural Property in the Early Modern Era
  • ARTS482 - Seminar in Renaissance Art: Caravaggio
  • ARTS482 - Jesuit Arts and Architecture
  • ARTS482 - Visual Arts and Natural History, c.1500-1800
  • FSEM162 - Architecture in Cataclysm and Conflict
  • Fulbright research fellowship at the Instytut Historii Sztuki (Institute of Art History) at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow (2016-17)
  • NEH Grants Panelist
  • Fulbright Grants Panelist
  • Affiliate, Society of Architectural Historians
  • Affiliate, College Art Association
  • Affiliate, Renaissance Society of America
  • Affiliate, American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • Affiliate, Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
  • Affiliate, Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture