Art Historian


Dr. Shelley Perlove has devoted more than 30 years to the research and publication of scholarship on Renaissance and Baroque art in Italy, Germany, France, and the Netherlands. In 2011 she was honored to receive the Distinguished Research Award on her campus. She has written numerous articles appearing in prestigious international journals in France, Sweden, the Netherlands, England, Austria, Germany, Canada, and of course, the United States. She has authored seven books and exhibition catalogues on various 16th and 17th century artists including Piranesi, Dürer, Bernini, Guercino, and Rembrandt. Her exhibition catalog, “Pursuit of Faith: Etchings by Rembrandt in the Thrivent Collection,” received extremely high praise. Her book, Bernini and the Idealization of Death published by Penn State Press was recognized by the Gustav Arlt Humanities Book Award. Her more recent book on Rembrandt, co-authored with Larry Silver, Rembrandt’s Faith: Church and Temple in the Dutch Golden Age, published by Penn State Press in 2009, won the prestigious Bainton Prize of the Sixteenth Century Society, and was a finalist for the highly-competitive Charles Rufus Morey College Art Association book award in 2009, and won the Brown-Weiss Newberry Library award. 


Dr. Perlove (Ph.D. 1984, University of Michigan) is Professor Emerita of Art History at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where she taught since 1982. While Shelley retired from that campus, she has continued teaching at UM-Ann Arbor as Professor Emerita in the department of Art History and at The Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.  Dr. Perlove is the recipient of two Distinguished Faculty awards for teaching, one from her campus and the other conferred by the Governing Board of Higher Education for the State of Michigan. 


A dynamic speaker, Dr. Perlove travels the world delivering papers and addresses at conferences, museums, universities and more.

Art History Travel


Dr. Perlove has been leading exclusive travel through the great cities and museums of Europe for over 25 years.