Shelley Karen Perlove is highly esteemed as a scholar, teacher, and public speaker. 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 recently retired from that campus, she has continued teaching at UM-Ann Arbor as Professor Emerita.
She earned the Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Michigan in 1984, and has devoted more than 30 years to the research, publication, and teaching of Renaissance and Baroque art in Italy, Germany, France, and the Netherlands. 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. Most recently she co-authored an essay in the exhibition catalogue for “Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus,” and was consultant to the show at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Her voice may seem familiar to you if you heard the audio tour recently at the DIA. Maybe you even detected her New York accent?
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 most recent exhibition, “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 most 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.
She has many irons in the fire. Shelley is presently doing research on a book, Religious Drawings by Rembrandt and his School: Inside and Beyond the Artist’s Studio. Dr. Perlove is co-editor with George Keyes of a book, Drawings in Midwest Collections: The Age of Bernini, Rembrandt, and Poussin, which will be published by Notre Dame University Press, with a grant from the Kress Foundation. Shelley is also co-editor with Dagmar Eichberger of Heidelberg University in Germany of Visual Typology in Early Modern Europe: Continuity and Expansion, under consideration for publication by Brepols Press. Shelley Perlove has served as President of the Midwest Art History Society and has recently been nominated for the Board for this society. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Historians of Netherlandish Art. Dr. Perlove also leads art history study tours to Europe every May, which she has been doing for the past 25 years.