School of Art + Art History
Specialization: Ancient Art
T: (352) 273-3064
F: (352) 392-8453
P.O. Box 115801
Gainesville, Fl 32611-5801
Barbara Barletta teaches ancient art courses. ranging from Egyptian/Near Eastern through Etruscan/Roman art. Her specialty is Greek art. Much of her work has focused on the Greek colonies of Southern Italy and Sicily and the role played by ideas from different regions of the Greek world on the development of sculptural and architectural styles in the West. She is also interested in the origins and use of the architectural orders. This has led most recently to an examination of Ionic and Doric architecture in fifth-century Athens, particularly in the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena at Sounion.
Her publications include two books, Ionic Influence in Archaic Sicily: The Monumental Art (Göteborg, Sweden, 1983) and The Origins of the Greek Architectural Orders (Cambridge 2001, reprinted 2009), as well as articles and book chapters. Two chapters appeared in recent years: “The Archaic and Classical Sculpture of Magna Graecia,” in O. Palagia, ed., The Materials and Techniques of Greek Sculpture, for Cambridge University Press and “The Architecture and Architects of the Classical Parthenon,” in J. Neils, ed., New Studies of the Parthenon, from Antiquity to the Present, also for Cambridge University Press. An article on the Parthenon, "In Defense of the Parthenon Frieze," appeared in the October 2009 issue of the American Journal of Archaeology.
Professor Barletta was recognized as a University of Florida Research Foundation Professor in 2002. She has received a number of grants and fellowships, including the Rome Prize/Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Classical Studies at the American Academy in Rome, and both a National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Research Fellowship and a Whitehead Visiting Professorship at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (2002-2003 and 2007-2008, respectively). The National Endowment for the Humanities has just awarded her a fellowship for the 2010-2011 academic year, which will allow her to complete her book on the temple at Sounion.