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Department of

Art, Architecture + Art History

John Marciari, PhD

Visiting Professor, Art History
Curator of Italian and Spanish Painting, San Diego Museum of Art

John Marciari, PhD, became the curator of Italian and Spanish Painting and the head of Provenance Research at the San Diego Museum of Art in 2008. He was previously the Nina & Lee Griggs Associate Curator of Early European Art at the Yale University Art Gallery. Marciari’s work focuses particularly on aspects of artistic practice in Italy and Spain during the Renaissance and Baroque eras.


PhD, Yale University, History of Art
MA, Yale University, History of Art
BA, Grinnell College, Classics

Fellow, American Academy in Rome

Scholarly and Creative Work

Marciari’s research focuses on paintings, drawings, and artistic practice in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Italy and Spain, and his current projects include studies of Federico Barocci, Francesco Vanni, and Diego Velázquez. He is engaged in writing the first-ever scholarly catalogue of the Italian and Spanish paintings at SDMA. His recent publications include contributions to the exhibition catalogues Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2009) and From Raphael to the Carracci: the Art of Papal Rome (National Gallery of Art, Ottawa, 2009), an article on Federico Barocci in Master Drawings (2008), and an essay in the National Gallery of Art’s forthcoming volume on the Academy of St. Luke in Rome.

Teaching Interests

Marciari has taught courses on a wide range of topics in European art from the Renaissance to the 18th century. Many of his courses take advantage of his position as a curator, with class meetings held in the museum and discussions taking place in the galleries and storerooms. In addition to traditional art-historical seminars on a particular artist or time, Marciari teaches courses on Museum Practice, such as the “Old Masters in the Modern Museum” at the University of San Diego.