Leonard Barkan

Leonard Barkan is the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton, where he teaches in the Department of Comparative Literature along with appointments in Art and Archaeology, English, and Classics. Among his books are The Gods Made Flesh: Metamorphosis and the Pursuit of Paganism and Unearthing the Past: Archaeology and Aesthetics in the Making of Renaissance Culture, which won prizes from the Modern Language Association, the College Art Association, the American Comparative Literature Association, Architectural Digest, and Phi Beta Kappa. He has won the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the author of Satyr Square, which is an account of art, literature, food, wine, Italy, and himself. In recent years, he has published Michelangelo: A Life on Paper and Mute Poetry, Speaking Pictures. He recently completed Berlin for Jews: A Twenty-First Century Companion and is currently working on an interdisciplinary project with the title Reading for the Food: Art, Literature, and the Hungry Eye. He has been a visiting professor at Johns Hopkins, Villa I Tatti, the Freie Universität, and the Humboldt University in Berlin; he has been a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin and a resident at the American Academy in Rome.


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