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College of Fine Arts Research Profiles

Melissa Hyde
School of Art + Art History

T: 273-3057

College of Fine Arts
University of Florida
P.O. Box 115801
Gainesville, Fl 32611-5801

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Research Interests:

Eighteenth & nineteenth century art, France, gender studies

Research Summary:

Hyde’s field of specialization is eighteenth-century French art, with an emphasis on cultural history, gender studies, feminist theory and the history of art criticism. She teaches courses on European art of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; gender and the visual arts. Hyde is the author of numerous publications that focus on gender and visual culture. Her book, Making Up the Rococo: François Boucher and his Critics (2006), concerns Boucher and the "femininity" of the rococo style with which he is associated.


1996 Ph.D., Department of History of Art, University of California, Berkeley
1989 M.A., Department of History of Art, University of California, Berkeley
1985, B.A. cum laude, with Distinction in History, Colorado College

Key Professional Appointments:

1998-2005 Assistant Professor, University of Florida
1997-1998 Visiting Lecturer, Rice University, Houston TX
1996-1997 Visiting Assistant Professor, Whittier College, Whittier CA
2001-2004 President, Historians of Eighteenth Century Art and Architecture (a national organization with affiliate status at CAA and ASECS)
2010 Nominee, Board of Directors, American Society for 18th Century Studies


June 23, 2009 INHA (National Institute for Art History), Paris “The Femme-Peintre in the 18th Century: ‘I too am a painter!’”
March 19, 2009, History of Art Dept., Graduate Seminar Series, University College of London (Also given: April 2, 2009, Columbia University Institute for Scholars at Reid Hall, Paris) “Notes on a Scandal: The Critical Fortunes and Misfortunes of Adolf Ulrik Wertmuller”
February 1, 2008, Silberberg Lecture, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University “Indexing Herself: Suzanne Roslin’s Self Portrait with Quentin de la Tour's Autoportrait à l'index
December 12-13, 2003, French Genre Painting in the Eighteenth Century National Gallery of Art, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts “This is Not a History Painting: Boucher and the genre galant”
November 28, 2003, Regards de l’histoire de l’art contemporaine sur François Boucher Musée du Louvre & Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris “Boucher, ses critiques et la construction du Rococo”

Selected Works:

“Troubling Identities and the Agreeable Game of Art: From Pompadour’s Theatrical ‘Breeches’ of Decorum to Drouais’ Portrait of Mme Du Barry en homme,” in Women and Portraits in Early Modern Europe: Gender, Agency, Identity, ed. Andrea Pearson (Ashgate, 2008) Making Up the Rococo: François Boucher and his Critics (Getty Research Institute, 2006) Rethinking Boucher, ed. M. Hyde & M. Ledbury (Getty, 2006) Women, Art and the Politics of Identity in Eighteenth-Century Europe, ed. M. Hyde & J. Milam (Ashgate Press Series: Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe, 2003) “The ‘Makeup’ of the Marquise. Boucher’s Portrait of Pompadour at her Toilette,” Art Bulletin, vol. LXXXII, no. 3 (Sept. 2000): 453-475.


January 2010 Chercheur invité Fondation de France, L’Institut national de l’histoire d’art, Paris. Invited scholar for month-long workshop, “1680-1750: Amsterdam, Paris”, part of INHA program, L’oeuvre en société. Histoire sociale de l’art, histoire artistique due social
Sept. 2009 Suzanne & James Mellor Prize. $50,000 Prize for book proposal: Women in French Art. Rococo to Romanticism 1750-1830, to be co-authored with Mary Sheriff.
Sept.-Dec. 2005 Clark Fellow The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown MA
2001-02 Getty Residential Postdoctoral Fellowship Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities
2001-02 American Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship American Association of University Women


2008-10 University of Florida Research Foundation Professor
2007 U.F. Internationalizing the Curriculum Award
2005-06 College of Fine Arts International Educator of the Year
2000-01 College of Fine Arts Teacher of the Year


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