Edward J. Olszewski
Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 1974
M.A. University of Minnesota, 1970
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Illinois, 1964
B.S. University of Detroit, 1958
Professor Olszewski has taught at CWRU since 1971, specializing in courses in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art history. His research interests include Italian Renaissance drawings, art treatises, and late Baroque patronage in Rome and Venice. He has published articles and reviews in scholarly journals such as The Burlington Magazine, Apollo, artibus et historiae, Art Journal, Renaissance Quarterly, Storia dell'arte and The Journal of History of Collections. His books include a translation and critical edition of G.B. Armenini's treatise on painting of 1586, and a study of late Italian Renaissance drawings, The Draftsman's Eye. He is co-editor of and a contributing author for the Midwest Art History Society's Corpus of Drawings in Mid-western Collections, and has completed a monograph on the Vatican tomb of Pope Alexander VIII Ottoboni (American Philosophical Society, 2004), which received the John Frederick Lewis Award.
Professor Olszewski has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Fulbright Hays and Delmas Foundations as well as grants from the American Philosophical Society, among others. In 1979 he served as guest curator for an exhibition of drawings at The Cleveland Museum of Art. He has been awarded the University's John S. Diekhoff Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. Professor Olszewski has directed several PhD dissertation topics including an annotated translation of Giulio Mancini's Considerazioni sulla pittura, the relationship of anatomical drawings and medical illustration in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, and Michelangelo's use of clay and wax models.