Dr. Sarah Franklin

Sarah Franklin

Academic Interests

Courses Taught (titles are clickable to view sample syllabi, where available):


Margaret Franklin, PhD, University of Cambridge (2000), teaches Renaissance and Baroque art in the Art and Art History department. She has published numerous articles which focus on uomini famosi/donne illustri images, including Raphael's Parnassus, the papal portraits in the Sistine Chapel and Mantegna's Dido, and wrote a chapter on visualizing the feminine ideal in the courts and communes of Renaissance Italy for an anthology published by St. Martin's Press. She authored Boccaccio's Heroines: Power and Virtue in Renaissance Society, a book on famous women in the art and literature of Renaissance Italy.

Recent Publications


Boccaccio's Heroines: Power and Virtue in Renaissance Society (2006)


“Odysseus and the Cyclops: Constructing Fear in Renaissance Marriage Chest Paintings,” Humanities 7 (2018): 1-16.

“Silencing Female Reason in Boccaccio’s Teseida delle nozze d’Emilia,” Medieval Feminist Forum 52 (2016): 42-59.

“Imagining and Reimagining Gender: Boccaccio’s Teseida delle nozze d’Emilia and its Renaissance Visual Legacy,” in The Short Story and the Italian Pictorial Imagination from Boccaccio to Bandello and Beyond, ed. Patricia Emison, Humanities 5 (2016): 1-14.

“Virgil and the Femina Furens: Reading the Aeneid in Renaissance Cassone Paintings,” Vergilius 60 (2014): 127-44.

“Constructing Camilla as ‘Other’ in Renaissance Visual Narratives,” Explorations in Renaissance Culture 39 (2013): 1-19.

“Boccaccio’s Amazons and Their Legacy in Renaissance Art: Confronting the Threat of Powerful Women,” Woman’s Art Journal 31 (2010): 13-20.

Current Research:

Homer's Nachleben in the Culture and Politics of Renaissance Society