Catherine Turrill

Catherine Turrill

Catherine Turrill has travelled and worked extensively in Italy.
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Office: KDM 189 (enter through KDM 185)
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Phone: (916) 278-7515
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Dr. Catherine Turrill is currently the Chair of the Art Department.

Professor Catherine Turrill teaches European art history. She earned her MA and PhD degrees in art history at the University of Delaware, specializing in Italian Renaissance art. Before joining the Sacramento State faculty in 1995, she taught art history at the University of Delaware, Wake Forest University, and Dartmouth College. While at Dartmouth, she directed the art history program in Florence, Italy.

Topics of Professor Turrill’s publications and conference papers include the patronage and iconography of altarpieces and small devotional paintings by Ercole de’ Roberti, the provenance and date of an altarpiece by Girolamo da Carpi, aesthetic issues in 18th-century Ferrara, and the authorship of the second edition of Vasari’s Lives of the Artists. Her current research involves the artistic activities of Suor Plautilla Nelli and other Dominican nuns in Renaissance Tuscany. She contributed essays and catalogue entries to the first two books in English on this artist, Suor Plautilla Nelli (1523-1588): The First Woman Painter of Florence (2000) and Plautilla Nelli (1524-1588): The Painter-Prioress of Renaissance Florence (2008). Another essay on 16th-century Florentine nun-artisans and their clients appeared in The Art Market in Italy: 15th-17th Centuries (2003).

Professor Turrill’s art history courses, offered on a rotating basis, are: ART 103 (Greco-Roman Art: Fall semesters, odd-numbered years), ART 105 (Medieval Art: Spring semesters, even-numbered years), ART 106 (Renaissance Art: Fall semesters, even-numbered years), ART 107 (Baroque and Rococo Art: Spring semesters, odd numbered years).