Frank Dabell

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Prof. Frank Dabell, a British art historian raised in Rome, specializes in Renaissance art and was educated at Oxford University and the Courtauld Institute of Art before becoming a Fellow of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. He has published extensively on the history of Italian art since the mid-1980s, with a focus on Piero della Francesca, and was the only non-Italian member of the supervisory committee for the recent conservation of the Resurrection fresco by that painter in Sansepolcro, Tuscany. In 2016 he co-curated the exhibition Piero della Francesca. Indagine su un mito, in Forlì. He has taught at Temple Rome since 2003, and has been on the art history faculty of the University of Rome (Tor Vergata) since 2018. In addition, he has taught for Dartmouth College’s Foreign Study program and the Università per gli Stranieri, Perugia. He is a frequent guest lecturer for study and museum journeys in Europe and the Mediterranean (most recently in Thessaloniki and Athens: The Legacy of Alexander the Great for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019), as well as Russia and North Africa.

Prof. Dabell is an internationally recognized translator from Italian and French for catalogues published by museums and art galleries, including the Frick Collection, New York, the National Gallery, London and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. He contributed to the Getty Museum-sponsored series of Lives of the Artists (Bellini, Tintoretto, Titian) and has translated volumes on recent restorations in Saint Peter’s Basilica.



B.A., Modern Languages, Oxford  University (Merton College), 1979.



Henry J. Ittleson Fellow, Department of European Paintings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1985-1987, and contractual lecturer there, 1987-2001.

Director’s Guest, Civitella Ranieri, 2019.


Courses taught

ART HISTORY 0813/1003: History of Art in Rome

ART HISTORY 2010: Topics in Art History: Raphael 500

ART HISTORY 3301: Michelangelo



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