Dr. Charles Morscheck and Dr. Pia Brancaccio Appointed Program Directors, Art History
September 14, 2015
Two of the College’s outstanding Art History faculty have been appointed Co-Program Directors of the new Art History major launching this fall. Charles Morscheck, PhD, has taught at Drexel since 1976 and has published extensive research including the finding, analyzing, and publishing of archival documents on Milanese Renaissance sculpture and artists. Pia Brancaccio, PhD, who previously served as coordinator of the Art History minor, is a globally recognized scholar of Asian Art and Culture, including the art of India, China and Japan, with a focus on South Asian Buddhist art.
Dr. Brancaccio has been a member of the Art & Art History Department since 2002. In addition to her research and teaching in Asian Art, for which she has traveled extensively, she has done significant work on topics dealing with art and multiculturalism in the ancient world. She is the accomplished author of numerous books including The Buddhist Caves at Aurangabad: Transformations in Art and Religion (Brill Publishers); editor of the volumes Living Rock: Buddhist, Hindu and Jain Cave Temples in Western Deccan (Marg) and Gandharan Buddhism: Archaeology, Art and Text with Kurt Behrendt (UBC Press); and the author of articles published in international journals such as Ars Orientalis, East & West and South Asian Studies. She received her MA and PhD from Istituto Universitario Orientale, Napoli, Italy.
Dr. Morscheck received his MA and PhD from Bryn Mawr College. He recently presented his work at the International Congress on Medieval Studies as well as the conference “Santa Maria delle Grazie: Una storia dalla fondazione a metà Cinquecento” in Milan, Italy. He teaches a range of subjects in introductory survey courses, from Ancient Egypt through 1850, and in spring 2016 he will offer a new course on Italian Renaissance Art.