Jean M. French
Edith C. Blum Professor Emeritus of Art History
Tel.: (845) 758-7248
B.A. Seton Hill College; Ph.D., Cornell University.
Honors and Awards (partial):
Recipient National Endowment for the Humanities Study Grant
(1992); American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (1978-79);
NEH Fellowship in Residence for College Teachers, Harvard (1976-77);
numerous summer grants.
Articles in Medieval France: An Encyclopedia; The Dictionary of Art; Gesta;
The Brummer Collection of Medieval Art; Application of Science in Examination
of Works of Art; National Endowment for the Humanities Institute Resource
Book for the Teaching of Medieval Civilization: Studies in Medieval Culture
Other Professional Activities:
In addition to giving papers, acting as respondent, and organizing sessions for numerous professional conferences both in the U.S. and abroad, Professor French has been an invited guest speaker at a number of universities and museums, including Harvard University, Columbia, Duke University, Colgate, Queens College CUNY, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.
Professor French’s work has often focused on the iconography of marginalized groups (heretics, lepers, etc.) in French Romanesque Sculpture. She has also been instrumental in pioneering the application of neutron activation analysis in provenance studies of medieval French limestone sculpture and is a member of the French-American Limestone Sculpture Provenance Project.