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Maureen Pelta


Sarah Peter Hall Room 201



  • PhD, Bryn Mawr College: History of Art
  • MA, Temple University: History of Art
  • Phi Delta Gamma Master's Award
  • BA, Temple University: Honors Program cum laude

Recent Activities

  • On March 30th, 2017, presented a paper at the annual meetings of the Renaissance Society of America in Chicago, IL. The paper was entitled, "Enigma, Emblem or Emblematics? Figured Spaces in Renaissance Parma."

  • Renaissance Society of America: chairing a session entitled, "Mannerism and Architecture," at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Apr 1, 2016

  • Attended a conference in Rome at the Vatican in October, 2014 entitled: The Sistine Chapel: Twenty Years Later, New Breath New Light.

  • Published a book review in Seventeenth-Century News, Fall-Winter 2014

  • Received the Jewish Social Policy Action Network’s 2014 Social Justice Award in October, 2014

  • Will present a paper entitled “Correggio: ‘maniera moderna’ or Mannerism?” in a session entitled Mannerism and Maniera: Beauty and Spirituality at the College Art Association annual meetings, February 2015, NYC.

  • Will  chair a session entitled: Art, Music and Culture, at the annual meetings of Renaissance Society of America, March 2015, Berlin.

  • Maureen Pelta, Ph.D., and Alan M. Feldman, Esquire will be honored with the 10th Annual Social Justice Award of the Jewish Social Policy Action Network. The award will be presented on Monday, October 27 at the Independence Visitors Center in Philadelphia., 2014

  • Presented a paper entitled “Ioanna Placentia Erexit Novis Tectis: New Roofs for San Paolo,” and session chair, Back to the Future: Iconography’s Current Path, at the annual meetings of Renaissance Society of America, Mar. 27-29, 2014, NYC.

  • Will present a paper, "The Moon in All Her Aspects: Picturing Diana in Renaissance Art," and chair a session at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Puerto Rico, October, 2013.
  • Attended this year's Venice Biennale with grant from the Dean's Visibility Fund, August, 2013.
  • Chaired the Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition, Moore College of Art & Design, May 30--June 14, 2013
  • Craft & Culture: "Ornament Stories," conversation about jewelry with artist Emily Cobb, Philadelphia Art Alliance, 2012.
  • Chaired the Modrechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition, Moore College of Art & Design, 2012.
  • Presented a paper on the "Iconography of Renaissance Hunting Imagery," South Central Renaissance Conference, New Orleans, La, 2012.
  • Review of Katherine A. McIver’s Wives, Widows, Mistresses and Nuns in Early Modern Italy (Ashgate, 2012) will be published in the SECAC Review, Vol. XLV, no. 2 in October.
  • "Crafting Nature: Lewis Knauss", PMA Craft Show booklet, 2011.
  • Volunteer chair for the “Mordechai Anelewicz Creative Arts Competition on the Holocaust,” an annual competition for middle school and high school students that encourages artistic expression of lessons learned after studying the Holocaust, 2010.
  • Review of Correggio e L'Antico 2008, Published by ATSAH.
  • Correggio Among Ancients and Academicians: Mengs, Ratti and the Construction of 18th Century Art Criticism,” was accepted for the 9th Annual Mediterranean Studies Association Congress in Genoa, Italy, May 2006.
  • If he, with his genius, had lived in Rome: “ Vasari and the Transformative Myth of Rome,” in Reading Vasari, ed. A. Barricault, A. Ladis and N. Land, London: The Georgia Museum of Art and Philip Wilson Publishers, September 2004


“Figured Speech: The Ideal Of The Classical Orator In Donatello's Bronze Doors For San Lorenzo,” South Atlantic Review, December 2018, (in press).

“The Apron Below,” Mapping the Stage: Micah Danges and James Johnson, September 17, 2016—January 7, 2017; The Galleries at Moore, Autumn, 2016.

“The Power of Cheese, Redux: Reconsidering Church and State in Renaissance Parma,” Iconograzia, No. 10, Arts and Politics: Rhetorical Quests in Cultural Imaging, Universita degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro, Bari, Italy, November 2016:

  • Book review of The Ashgate Research Companion to Giorgio Vasari, edited by David Cast, Ashgate Press in 2014, will be published in the 2014 Fall-Winter issue of Seventeenth-Century News.


  • HIAS Pennsylvania Golden Door Award, April 19, 2016
    Along with her sisters, Eleanor Pelta and Sylvia Pelta, the Pelta's will receive the HIAS Pennsylvania Golden Door Award, on April 19, 2016. According to the Executive Director of HIAS, Judith Baker-Bernstein, they are receiving this honor because their family exemplifies "the resilience and achievements of the survivors of the Holocaust and their families," and their "work in law, the arts and education are a testament to the diversity and success of immigrant in this city..."

Other Professional Activities or Accomplishments


“Studying the Holocaust Through Creative Response,” with Josey Fisher, Teachers' Workshop to be held at Artifacts and Memories, Tuzman Memorial Holocaust Teach-In, Gratz College, November 11, 2018.

Chair, Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition and Exhibition for High School Students, Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Philadelphia, 1987- present


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