“These are some of the scholarly articles I wrote when I was an
  art history professor at Northern Illinois University.”
Although all but the first of the articles listed below are about sixteenth-century Flemish illuminated manuscripts, they might be of interest to non-specialists because the artist they discuss, Simon Bening, was “the Michelangelo of miniaturists.” He was a contemporary of the great Italian artist and the producer of extraordinarily beautiful miniatures. The first article is about Michelangelo, and how certain of his poems and drawings gave him a socially acceptable outlet for expressing his erotic impulses toward men. Some of these articles are available on academic data bases; others can be found in the Periodicals departments of university libraries.

For more than 20 years, I have also written, and continue to write, articles about Italy-- travel articles, articles about the Italian Renaissance an book reviews on Italian topics-- for Fra Noi, the monthly magazine of the greater Chicago area Italian American community. Some are archived on-line. Fra Noi is also available by subscription in an on-line version.



“The Iconography of ‘The Archers:’A Study of Self-concealment and Self-revelation in Michelangelo’s Presentation Drawings,” Studies in Iconography
“The Beatty Rosarium Reconstructed: A Manuscript with Excised Miniatures by Simon Bening,” Oud Holland
“A Note on the Relationship of Manuscript Illumination and Panel Painting: Simon Bening’s Beatty Rosarium and the Diptych of Chrétien de Hondt,” Jaarboek van het Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen
“The Stockholm-Kassel Book of Hours: A Reintegrated Manuscript from the Shop of Simon Bening,” Acta Bibliothecae Regiae Stockholmiensis
“The Book of Hours of Cardinal Norfolk at Arundel Castle: An Unpublished Masterwork by Simon Bening,” The Burlington Magazine
“Simon Bening: The Adoration of the Magi.” Entry for exhibition catalog The Touch of the Artist. Master Drawings from the Woodner Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
“A Book of Hours with ‘Micro-miniatures’ by Simon Bening,” Oud-Holland
“Simon Bening and the Italian High Renaissance: Some Unexplored Sources,” Oud-Holland
“Simon Bening Studies Raphael: The Impact of the Italian High Renaissance on a Flemish Miniaturist, ” In Tributes in Honor of James H. Marrow. Studies in Painting and Manuscript Illumination of the Late Middle Ages and Northern Renaissance