Biography

WILLIAM HOOD is Mildred C. Jay Professor Emeritus of Art History at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, where he taught courses in Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art, as well as in Spanish Art of the Golden Age, French Art of the Ancien Regime, and general courses in European art history and connoisseurship.  In 2008-2010, he was Visiting Professor in Italian Renaissance Art History at Columbia University.

He has served as a Curatorial Consultant for the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Intermuseum Conservation Laboratory.  He is a member of the Council for Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence.  He is a member of the College Art Association and the Renaissance Society of America.

Hood holds the Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, where he specialized in Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art,  17th- century art in France and Spain, and 18th-century European art more generally.  In the 1970s he lived in Rome for an extended period as a Fellow of the American Academy, and returned for several years in the 1980s.  As a Fellow of the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa Tatti he resided for several years in Florence during the late 1980s and 1990s.  He is the author of Fra Angelico at San Marco and numerous articles on topics of Italian art from 1350 to 1650.  He has lectured widely at museums such as the  Metropolitan, the National Gallery, the Getty, the Frick Collection, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

William Hood has been able to share his great enthusiasm for lecturing on site in Europe with a number of travelers, including graduate and undergraduate students, as well as adults, privately and in groups.  Teaching “on site,” in fact, is his favorite of all professional activities.  Close behind is the pleasure of offering individual consultation for art-lovers who want to improve their personal collections, whether modest or impressive.

Although his training and experience have helped him to develop expertise in Old Master painting and sculpture, for many years Hood has nourished a personal interest in the so-called “decorative” arts.  Now he is able to share that interest with clients who are looking for objets d’art or antique furniture.  He is also qualified to write IRS-standard appraisals of personal property for the purposes of insurance, estate, equitable distribution, re-sale, or charitable donation.