Dr. Janice Neri joined the Art Department in 2004. She has a Ph.D. in Visual Studies from the University of California, Irvine, and her primary teaching focus is Renaissance and Baroque art history. Dr. Neri is an expert on entomological illustration and her book, The Insect and the Image: Visualizing Nature in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1700, was published in 2011 by the University of Minnesota Press.
The Mystery of the Silkworm: Conversations in the Reading Room and Beyond (with Danielle Skeehan), I Found it at the JCB (2012)
It was a classic tale of "who done it"—someone had violated the pages of a...
Some Early Drawings by Robert Hooke, Archives of Natural History (2005)
The Insect and the Image: Visualizing Nature in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1700, Faculty Authored Books (2011)
This book explores the ways in which visual images defined the insect as a proper...
Contributions to Books
Cultivating Interiors: Philadelphia, China, and the Natural World, Knowing Nature: Art and Science in Philadelphia, 1740 to 1840 (2011)
For eighteenth-century Europeans, Asia and the Americas were strange, distant lands evoking mystery and wonder....
Mom, Tested, Visible Mothers: Images of Parenting in Visual Culture (2010)
Mrs. Delany's Natural History and Zoological Activities: "A Beautiful Mixture of Pretty Objects", Mrs. Delany & Her Circle (2009)
In Mrs. Delany's unpublished novella, Marianna, the title character experiences trials and tribulations befitting an...