Rebekah Compton

Associate Professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art

Address: Harbor Walk West, Room 310
Phone: 843-953-8285
Personal Website:


Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley. History of Art
M.A. Washington University, St. Louis. Art History
B.A. Clemson University. History and English

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Columbia University. Art History

Rush H Kress Fellow, Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. Art History

Research Interests

Rebekah Compton teaches courses on Renaissance and Baroque art history. She specializes in painting, sculpture, and architecture created in Italy between 1400 and 1600. Rebekah has written articles and essays on Fra Filippo Lippi, Sandro Botticelli, and Michelangelo Buonarroti. Her book Venus and the Arts of Love in Renaissance Florence was published by Cambridge University Press in the spring of 2021. Her current research examines early modern notions of the soul and its refinement through contemplative spiritual practices, sacred art objects, natural and architectural settings. Her current book project, Art for the Soul: Camaldolese Spirituality in Renaissance Tuscany, examines these topics in the context of the Holy Hermitage and Monastery of Camaldoli and Santa Maria degli Angeli in Florence.

Courses Taught

ARTH 102 History of Art: Renaissance through Modern
ARTH 277 Renaissance Art
ARTH 280 Baroque Art

ARTH 278: Renaissance and Baroque Architecture

ARTH 299 Theories and Methods of Art History
ARTH 303 Studies in Renaissance and Baroque Art
ARTH 370 Italian Early Renaissance Art

ARTH 375 Italian High/Late Renaissance Art

ARTH 377: Materials and Techniques of Renaissance Art

ARTH 415: Senior Seminar-The Body and Desire in Renaissance Italy

FYSE 105: The Life of the Senses

HONS 381: Art Humanities: The Western Tradition



  • Venus and the Arts of Love in Renaissance Florence. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021.


Journal Articles

  • “Occult Color Correlations in Renaissance Medicine and Magic,” Arcana Natura, forthcoming.
  • “Venus Weeps: Chris Jordan’s Photo Mosaic of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus.” Source: Notes in the History of Art 39 (Winter 2019).
  • “Botticelli’s Garlands.” Source: Notes in the History of Art 35 (2016): 283-92.
  • “Omnia Vincit Amor: The Sovereignty of Love in Tuscan Poetry & Michelangelo’s Venus and Cupid.Mediaevalia 33 (2012): 229-60.

Book Essays

  • “The Green Places of Fra Filippo Lippi and Sandro Botticelli.” Forthcoming in Green Worlds in Early Modern Italy. Art and the Verdant Earth. Edited by Karen Hope Goodchild, April Oettinger, and Leopoldine Prosperetti. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2019.
  • “Florentine Erotica in the Palace of Alamanno and Jacopo Salviati.” Forthcoming in Narratives of the Florentine Interior: Courtly Environments in Early Modern Tuscany. Edited by Francesco Freddolini and Cinzia Maria Sicca. 


Other Media

  • “Green Gardens: Venus’s Verdant Virtues – Rebekah Compton in Conversation with Claudia Tobini,” Royal Drawing School, London (2021).
  • “Point of View: Renaissance Woman,” College of Charleston Magazine (Summer 2019): 30-33.
  • Audio Tour for Kress Collection of Renaissance and Baroque Art (Columbia: Columbia Museum of Art, 2015).