Janetta Benton

Janetta Benton

Distinguished Professor
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
Fine Arts PLV

Janetta Benton

Choate House
41 Park Row


Personal Quote

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janetta_Rebold_Benton

Faculty Bio

Janetta Rebold Benton, Ph.D. is Distinguished Professor of Art History and the recipient of two Fulbright Scholar Awards as Visiting Professor (China 2018; Russia 2012). She is the author of 10 books on art historical subjects, as well as many scholarly articles. Dr. Benton lectures for Smithsonian Associates, 92nd Street Y, and previously at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is the speaker on trips sponsored by the Smithsonian and Met. She holds degrees/diploma from Harvard, Brown, George Washington, and Cornell Universities.

Awards and Honors

  • China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China, 2018, Fulbright Scholar Award, 2018
  • European University, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2012, Fulbright Senior Scholar
  • Pace University, 2011, Dyson College Excellence in Scholarship Award and Grant
  • Pace University, 2004, Award for Outstanding Faculty Member
  • Pace University, 2004, Distinguished Professor
  • Pace University, 2004, Dyson College Distinguished Achievement Award for Distinguished Faculty
  • Pace University, 2004, Joseph E. Houle Award


MDP diploma, Harvard University, 2000

PhD, Brown University, 1981

MA, George Washington University, 1969

BFA, Cornell University, 1967

Research and Creative Works

Research Interest

Areas of interest: medieval and Renaissance art history iconography fantastic fauna gargoyles humor

Courses Taught

Past Courses

ART 102: Art Hstry: Ancient - Gthic Art
ART 103: Art His: Renaissance-Modern
ART 196: Seminar: Re-Painting History
ART 206: Renaissance Art in Italy
ART 298: Frnch Art:Mddle Age to Mdrn Tm

Publications and Presentations


How to Understand Art
Benton, J. R. (2021). How to Understand Art.Roger Thorp (Eds.), book, published in English, American, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Latvian, Russian~~. London , England : Thames & Hudson. , pages 176 pages, 111 illustrations.

Andy Warhol: King of Pop
Benton, J. R. (2020). Journal of the Tsinghua University Art Museum, Beijing.

Professional Contributions and Service

Professional Memberships

  • College Art Association; Early Book Society; International Center of Medieval Art; Fulbright Association; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Guggenheim Museum [International Center of Medieval Art, Director, 3 years]

Department Service

  • Acting Chair of Art Department, PLV [Acting Chair]

College Service

  • Interdisciplinary travel course [Other]
  • [Other]

University Service

  • Prestigious Fellowships and Awards [University Director]
  • Pforzheimer Honors College, PLV [Director]

Professional Service

Various publishers: University of Chicago; Wiley-Blackwell [Reviewer, Book]
Fulbright Commission [Reviewer, Grant Proposal]
International Center of Medieval Art [Board of Directors of a Company]

Public Service

  • United Way; Adopt-A-Dog [Guest Speaker]