Cheney, Liana Books

Liana De Girolami Cheney, Professor of Art History and Director of the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, is the author of Botticelli’s Neoplatonic Images, The Paintings of the Casa Vasari, Readings in Italian Mannerism, The Symbolism of Vanitas in the Arts, Literature and Music, Pre-Raphaelitism and Medievalism in the Arts and Self-Portraits by Women Painters.

Essays on Modern Women Artists
2003 0-7734-6818-8
This two-volume collection of essays celebrates the diversity of artistic style and thematic contributions of female artists from the Renaissance period to the present day. The essays specifically address three main topics: descriptions of their careers, iconographical analysis of subject matter, and theoretical considerations about the visual arts. The essays are organized historically and classified as Pre-Modernism, Modernism, and Post-Modernism. With many illustrations.

Essays on Modern Women Artists
2003 0-7734-6820-X
This two-volume collection of essays celebrates the diversity of artistic style and thematic contributions of female artists from the Renaissance period to the present day. The essays specifically address three main topics: descriptions of their careers, iconographical analysis of subject matter, and theoretical considerations about the visual arts. The essays are organized historically and classified as Pre-Modernism, Modernism, and Post-Modernism. With many illustrations.

Neoplatonism and the Arts
2002 0-7734-6985-0
This collection of essays explores the scope of the important relationships between the philosophical system of Neoplatonism and the arts in Italy. It was a pervasive way of thinking from 300 A. D. to 1700 A. D., and while antithetical to Christianity in the beginning, its ideas were quickly adopted by Christian theology, and Neoplatonism became a philosophical tool of the Catholic Church. The art and architecture produced in the service of the church is infused with Neoplatonic ideas. Part one of this study addresses cosmological and theoretical notions on Platonism and Neoplatonism. Part two focuses on the spiritual impact of Neoplatonism in Christian imagery depicted in paintings and manifested in religious structures. Part three probes the assimilation of Neoplatonic allegories in art, literature, and music. With illustrations.

Pre-Raphaelitism and Medievalism in the Arts
1993 0-7734-9491-X
This volume presents an interdisciplinary view of the interpretation of Pre-Raphaelite art and literature. The current intensifying interest in the relationship between the visual arts and narrative and their critical interpretation justifies a look at the earliest use of such orientation in the works of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and its followers. Particularly in the work of Rossetti, Hunt, Millais, and Burne-Jones one can see at work the Pre-Raphaelist invention of a personal symbolic language. The same holds true for their literary counterparts, particularly Tennyson, Francis Thompson, and Swinburne. The contributors' essays cover the various methodologies of art history and literature, as well as artistic and literary criticisms. The main focus is the assimilation of the medieval tradition as well as the interpretation of it. With many illustrations.

Symbolism of Vanitas in the Arts, Literature, and Music
1993 0-88946-399-9
Original research on the symbolism of vanitas as seen in the Danse of Death, the treatment of hair, the use of mirrors, and the depiction of skulls. With illustrations.