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Barbara Larson

Barbara Larson

  • Position: Professor of Modern European Art
  • Department: Art and Design
  • Office Location: Building 82, Room 208
  • Campus: 850.474.2482


Dr. Barbara Larson, professor of modern European art history, teaches 19th and 20th-century courses, including art and science in the 19th century, 19th-century European art, women and art, and modern art. 

Larson is a world-renowned scholar of science and 19th-century visual culture, with a focus on evolutionism, medicine, history of the brain and mind, and the art movement Symbolism. 

She is the author of The Dark Side of Nature: Science, Society, and the Fantastic in the Work of Odilon Redon, a book that delves into the scientific interests of Redon, a French artist.  She is lead editor of The Art of Evolution: Darwin, Darwinisms, and Visual Culture and Darwin and Theories of Aesthetics and Cultural History.  Larson has contributed a number of catalogue essays to international exhibitions and authored many articles on issues in art and science.  She is a series editor of Art and Science since 1750 for Routledge Press, inclusive of volumes that explore how the arts are informed by emerging scientific theories and technologies. 

Larson has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the University of Melbourne. 

Degrees & Institutions

She received a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in art history and anthropology. Her master’s degree and doctorate are from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts.

Classes Taught

Modern European Art, Contemporary Art, Art and Science in the Nineteenth Century, The Age of Revolution to Romanticism, and Women and Art

Keywords: 19th century visual culture, evolutionism, history of the brain and mind, art