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Art History Department

JollyPenny Jolly

Professor of Art History

Contact Information

Office: Filene 111
Phone: 518-580-5055
Email: pjolly@skidmore.edu

Office Hours: Spring 2016

Please note: Professor Jolly is on phased retirement for Spring
2016, and is available for advising by appointment only.  If you wish to set-up an appointment with Professor Jolly, please email
her, in advance, at pjolly@skidmore.edu.

Degree Listing

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
M.A., University of Pennsylvania
B.A., Oberlin College

Brief Biography

Penny Jolly teaches Skidmore's courses on medieval art from the early Christian period through the Gothic, as well as on Renaissance Italy and northern Europe; additionally, she offers a course on the history of European dress and hair from the Renaissance through the present. Her research focuses particularly on the 15th century, especially the work of Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden, and involves topics such as hair and dress, including a study of earrings and the meaning of body air in art; imagery involving gender, especially as related to breastfeeding, birthing and childhood; Adam and Eve narratives; and the iconography of Mary Magdalene in northern Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries. With regard to the latter, she is writing a book tentatively titled The Pregnant Magdalene: The Birth and Death of a Motif.

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