Professor Philip Sohm

Educated in the U.S. (Oberlin College and The Johns Hopkins University) and in the U.K. (University of Edinburgh and University College London), Philip Sohm has taught at the University of Toronto since 1978. During his thirty years at the University of Toronto, he served unstintingly in various administrative capacities. He was the Chair of the Department of Art for seven years, and Director of Graduate Studies for four years. He has recently been the acting Vice Principal of University College, and is now starting a full term as Vice Principal. He is a committed teacher, from first-year to doctoral students, who has influenced a generation of students now teaching in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.

He has been the recipient of major fellowships: the Samuel H. Kress Fellowship, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; the Alisa Bruce Senior Fellow, at the Center for the Advanced Study of the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. He has also been awarded the signal honour of being a member and Herodotus Fellow at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study.

He has won six SSHRC research grants which have supported the production of his books, on a diverse range of topics, each of which has changed the boundaries of art history: The Scuola Grande di San Marco: The Architecture of a Venetian Lay Confraternity (Garland Outstanding Dissertations, 1982); Pittoresco: Marco Boschini, His Critics and Their Critiques of Painterly Brushwork in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth- Century Italy (Cambridge, 1991), Style in the Art Theory of Early Modern Italy (Cambridge, 2001), The Artist Grows Old. The Aging of Art and Artists in Italy, 1500-1800 (Yale, 2007) and the forthcoming Painting for Profit (co-authored with Richard Spear, Yale, 2009). He is also the author of more than twenty major articles, in the principal international art historical journals, such as Art Bulletin and Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte, as well as leading journals across disciplines, including Renaissance Quarterly, RES. Anthropology and Aesthetics, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, Renaissance et Reforme (and even, remarkably, to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery), as well as contributing internationally to Italian, French and German journals and edited books.