SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS EXPERTS
James Harper is Associate Professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art at the University of Oregon. A native Philadelphian, he received his B.A. from Trinity College and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to assuming his position at Oregon, he worked for museums including the National Gallery of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University. A committed object person, he is a specialist in Italian art of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. James has written extensively about the image of the city of Rome, the history of baroque tapestry, the figure of the Turk in western art, and the use of monumental biographical imagery as a form of propaganda at the papal court. His research has won grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Samuel Kress Founation, the Merchant-Ivory Foundation and Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence.