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Christian Kleinbub

Christian Kleinbub

Christian Kleinbub

Adjunct Professor


1760 Neil Ave
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • 15th & 16th Century Italian and European Art


  • B.A., magna cum laude, Yale University, 1999
  • Ph.D., Columbia University, New York, 2006


Christian Kleinbub studies the arts of the Italian Renaissance with particular focus on issues of image theory, naturalism, the body, and period conceptions of vision and the visionary. His first book, Vision and the Visionary in Raphael (winner of the 2013 Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities from the Council of Graduate Schools) considers the important ways in which an influential Renaissance artist attempted the reconciliation of contemporary imperatives of painting and the traditional functions of sacred images. His second book, Michelangelo's Inner Anatomies, explores the poetic, philosophical, and scientific dimensions of the artist's understanding of the internal organs, a crucial but neglected aspect of his work. Other publications on this subject and others, including the visibility of angels, representational conflicts between antiquarianism and Christianity, the senses, printmaking, and the paragone of painting and sculpture, have appeared in edited volumes and leading specialist journals such as The Art BulletinRenaissance QuarterlyWord and Image, and The Burlington Magazine

Professor Kleinbub will not be accepting PhD applicants for the 2023-2024 academic year.