Deborah L. Krohn

Associate Professor
Coordinator for History and Theory of Museums
Italian Renaissance Decorative Arts and Material Culture
History and Theory of Museums
Culinary History

Ph.D. Harvard University, History of Art and Architecture
M.A. Princeton University, Art and Archaeology
B.A. Princeton University, cum laude

I am currently working on a book manuscript with the title Bartolomeo Scappi’s Paper Kitchen: Food and Knowledge in Renaissance Italy, under contract with Ashgate Press, that will explore the history and reception of the first illustrated cookbook in Europe through print culture and book history.   I am also a co-curator and co-editor of the upcoming exhibition at BGC, Salvaging the Past: Georges Hoentschel and French Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1907- 2013, to open in April, 2013.  Articles in process include a study of early 17th-century English songs based on the cries of street hawkers, and food as gift at the Medici court.   In 2008-9, I collaborated on the exhibition Art and Love in Renaissance Italy at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and in 2009-10, on the exhibition Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margrieta Van Varick at the BGC.

Selected Recent Publications:

  • “Quodlibets and Fricassées: Food in Musical Settings of Street Cries in Early Modern London,” Food Hawkers: Selling in the Streets from Antiquity to the Present, edited by Melissa Calaresu and Danielle Van den Heuvel, Ashgate Press, forthcoming.
  • “Cooking on the Margins: Using Cookbooks,” Eating Words, ed. Jason Scott-Warren, Ashgate Press, forthcoming.
  •  “Marriage as a Key to Understanding the Past” and “Celebrating Betrothal, Marriage, and the Family,” Art and Love in Renaissance Italy, ex. cat., New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008.
  • “The Kitchen as Exemplary Space from Renaissance Treatise to Period Room,” Studies in the Decorative Arts, Vol. XIV, No. 1, Fall-Winter 2008-9, pp. 20 – 34.
  •  “Between Legend, History and Politics: The Santa Fina Chapel in San Gimignano,” in Stephen Campbell and Stephen Milner, ed., Italian Renaissance Cities: Cultural Translation and Artistic Exchange, Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004, pp. 246 – 272.


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Deborah L. Krohn's courses include:

566 Rites of Passage: Arts of Marriage and Childbirth in the Italian Renaissance
581 Studies in Culinary History and the Decorative Arts
585 The Museum
652 City and Country in the Italian Renaissance
655 Markets to Manners: Cooking and Eating in Early Modern Europe
678 Arts and Crafts in Early Modern Europe: The Case of the Kitchen
780 Georges Hoentschel: Collector, Designer, and Architect in Belle-Époque Paris
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