Art & Design and Art History Department

John Martin, Professor of Art History



Ph.D. University of Louisville
M.A. University of Michigan
B.A. Pennsylvania State University
phone: 812.866.7333

The following is an exerpt from John Martin's recent publication:
A Symphony of Nature and Architecture: J. Frederick Larson's Hanover College Campus
Ohio Valley History, Volume 6, Number 3, Fall 2006, p. 25-49.

"Casually observing the scenic hilltop setting of Indiana's Hanover College, a visitor might get lost in the magnificent panorama. A closer look, however, reveals a harmonious interplay of architectural design in sync with a brilliant natural tapestry. A study of Hanover's setting reveals a complicated trio of essentials for a successful college campus: an outstanding architect, an enlightened college leader, and a timely financial mentor. At Hanover, architect J. Fredrick Lawson, with the help of Hanover President Albert Parker and financier William Henry Donner, worked in harmony with the natural beauty of Hanover's setting to create a campus that soars."

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University of Louisville, 1992-1997.
Ph.D. in art history with concentration in 19th century art and architecture.
Dissertation: "Sir Edward Burne-Jones's The Legend of St. George and the Dragon: A Neoplatonic Quest"

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1970-1972.
M.A. degree in art history. Emphasis on European nineteenth century art. Master's thesis on Sir Edward Burne-Jones. University fellowships and teaching assistantships.

Pennsylvania State University, State College, 1966-1970.

B. A. degree in art history, with music minor. Graduated with "High Honors," ranking number 1 in the College of Arts and Architecture. Member Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma, and Phi Kappa Phi scholastic honorary societies.

Scholarly Publications and Activity
"The Romantic Impulse: Art in the Age of Marie Antoinette." March 22, 2004. Public Lecture, Speed Art Museum, Louisville.
"Museum Architecture in the Nineteenth Century." May 12, 2003. Public Lecture, Speed Art Museum, Louisville.
"Painting," Encyclopedia of Louisville, ed. John E. Kleber, The University of Kentucky Press, 2000.
"The Ties That Bind: The Plight of Women In Victorian England," exhibition curated for The J. B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, June-December 1999.
"Recent Dissertation Abstracts," Parnassus, The Allen R. Hite Art Institute, Volume III, 1998.
Interview with Julie McQuiston, "A Tale of Two Paintings," Arts Indiana, Volume 20, no. 4, July/August 1998.
Interviewed by Barbara A. Cacadam, "Donner's Decorated Dormitory," Art News, April 1998.
Interviewed by Carol Vogel, "Inside Art," The New York Times, January 2, 1998.
"Sir Edward Burne-Jones's The Legend of St. George and the Dragon: A Neoplatonic
Quest," Ph.D. diss., University of Louisville, Allen R. Hite Art Institute, 1998.
"Two paintings from Burne-Jones's St. George series rediscovered," Burlington Magazine, May 1997.
"A Journey with Sir Edward Burne-Jones," Hanover Quarterly, Spring 1996.
"Book Review of Kazimir Malevich, 1878-1935 by Jeanne D'Andrea," Russian History/Histoire Russe, Fall 1992.
"Book Review of Pavel Kuznetsov: His Life and Art by Peter Stupples," Russian History/Histoire Russe, Spring 1991.
"The Past Picture Show," Louisville Magazine, September 1977.
"When Talkies Came to Town," Louisville Courier-Journal and Times Magazine, January 16, 1977.
"The Story of George Grey Barnard's Prodigal Son," The J. B. Speed Art Museum Bulletin, volume XXXI, No. 1, September 1976.
"New Realism in Art," The J. B. Speed Art Museum Bulletin, Volume XXX, No. 1, April 1974.
"A Drawing by Edward Burne-Jones," The University of Michigan Museum of Art Bulletin, Volume VII, Number 1, 1973.
The J. B. Speed Art Museum Handbook, 1973, Louisville, Kentucky, 160 pages. Public Lectures 1994-2004.
"The Art of Art Museum Architecture: Recent Designs by Hadid, Calatreva, and Gehry," Speed Art Museum, May 15, 2002.
"Sir Edward Burne-Jones," Center for Free Inquiry Lecture, Speed Art Museum, September 22, 1999.
"The Ties that Bind: The Plight of Women in Victorian England," Speed Art Museum, August 23, 1999.
"Madrid: Art Capital of Europe," Speed Art Museum, Louisville, January 16, 1996.
"Deconstruction in Contemporary Architecture," Speed Art Museum, Louisville, December 2, 1994.
"Looking Back to the Future: American Modernism," Speed Art Museum, Louisville, May 8, 1993.

A Listing of Class Subjects Taught
Western Art Survey
Asian Art Survey
Ancient Art
Medieval Art and Architecture
Renaissance Art
Baroque and Eighteenth Century
Nineteenth Century Art
Twentieth Century Art
Contemporary Art
Art of the United States
Architecture, Urbanism and Environment
Eurasia: Interdisiplinary Art, Literature, History and Science

Study Abroad Classes
I have taught study abroad classes for the International Center at the University of Louisville in the following cities: Perugia (1987 and 1988), London (1989), and Paris (1990).
For The Speed Art Museum, Louisville, I have led art/architectural tours to Florence (1992), Paris (1993 and 1999 and 2004), Vienna/Prague (1994), St. Petersburg (1995), Madrid (1996), Berlin (1998), Venice (2000), London (2001), Bruges (2002), and Bilbao/Barcelona (2003).
For Hanover College study abroad classes: "Renaissance Art in Florence" (Spring 1997) and "Baroque Art & Architecture in Paris" (Spring 2004 and Spring 2007).