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Emily Braun
Campus Affiliation: Hunter College
Phone: 212-817-8058
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 1991
Research Interests: 20th - Century European and American Art

Distinguished Professor of 20th - Century European and American Art

Professor Emily Braun's research interests are interdisciplinary and focus on the interaction between political ideologies and visual representation. She has written extensively on Fascist culture, including her book, Mario Sironi and Italian Modernism: Art and Politics under Fascism (2000). Several of her essays also analyze the construction of gender and otherness in belles-lettres art criticism.

She is an active curator ("De Chirico and America," 1996) and has contributed to numerous scholarly exhibition catalogues in Europe, Canada, and the United States. Her awards include a fellowship from the New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers (2002-2003) and a Senior Research Grant from the Getty Foundation (1993). She has twice received the annual Henry Allen Moe Prize for the best art catalogue: as a contributing editor to Northern Light: Realism and Symbolism in Scandinavian Painting (1982) and co-author of Gardens and Ghettos (1990). The Power of Conversation: Jewish Women and their Salons, for which she was the co-curator and co-author, won a National Jewish Book Award for 2005.


"Easel painting in the age of Italian unification." Journal of Modern Italian Studies 18, no. 2 (2013): 205-210.

"Italian barbara: Italian primitives from Piero to Pasolini." Journal of Modern Italian Studies 17, no. 3 (2012): 259-270.

"Saturday Evenings at the Steins'." In The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso and the Parisian Avant-Garde, edited by Janet Bishop, 48-67. San Francisco/New Haven: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Yale University Press, 2011.

"Bodies from the Crypt and Other Tales of Italian Sculpture between the Wars." In Chaos and Classicism: Art in France, Italy, and Germany, 1918-1936, edited by Kenneth E. Silver, 145-157. New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2010.

"Skinning the Paint." In Paint Made Flesh, edited by Mark W. Scala, 27-41. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press/Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 2009.

"Théâtre d'ombres: Picasso et Chirico." Giorgio de Chirico, la Fabrique des Rêves. Paris: Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris, 2009.

"Mario Merz: Ethnographer of the Everday." Mario Merz: The Magnolia Table. Sperone Westwater, New York, 2007.

"Ornament as Evolution: Gustav Klimt and Berta Zuckerkandl." In Gustav Klimt: The Ronald S. Lauder and Serge Sabarsky Collections, edited by Renee Price, 145-169. New York: Neue Galerie and Prestel Verlag, 2007.

"Carnal Knowledge." Modigliani and His Models. London: Royal Academy of Arts, 2006.

"Vulgarians at the Gate." In Boccioni's Materia: A Futurist Masterpiece and the Avant-Garde in Milan and Paris, edited by Laura Mattioli Rossi, 1-21. New York: Guggenheim Museum, 2004.