Professor Stone, a specialist in Italian Baroque art, received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He teaches courses on a wide variety of topics, including seminars on Caravaggio, Bolognese Painting from the Carracci to Crespi, Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi, Bernini and Roman Baroque Sculpture, Poussin, and Baroque Poetics and Imagery. He also regularly teaches an undergraduate survey of European Baroque Art and an introductory course on Western Art: Renaissance to Modern. All his classes are devoted to understanding the special nature of seventeenth-century art and culture. His method seeks to integrate connoisseurship and stylistic analysis with close study of Seicento literary and artistic theory, religious and political history, and patterns of patronage and art-collecting.
A leading international authority on the Bolognese artist Guercino, Professor Stone organized Guercino, Master Draftsman. Works from North American Collections, an exhibition which traveled to the Harvard University Art Museums, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Cleveland Museum of Art in 1991. He also wrote the accompanying catalogue (Bologna: Nuova Alfa Editoriale, 1991). In the same year he published Guercino: catalogo completo dei dipinti (Florence: Cantini Editore, 1991), a complete catalogue of the artist's paintings. While consultant to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., for their 1992 Guercino exhibition, Professor Stone organized and chaired "Guercino: Nature and Idea. A Quadricentennial Symposium." Sponsored by the National Gallery, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Department of Art History at the University of Delaware, the two-day symposium was accompanied by an exhibition at the Delaware Art Museum which he curated: Mostly Baroque: Italian Paintings and Drawings from the Collection of Carlo Croce.
Professor Stone is currently working on a monographic study on Caravaggio and the Knights of Malta. For research on this topic, he received a 1995-1996 Andrew W. Mellon Senior Fellowship in the Department of European Painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and a 1997-1998 Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Rome Prize in History of Art from the American Academy in Rome. He recently published: "The Context of Caravaggio's Beheading of St. John in Malta," Burlington Magazine (March 1997); "In Praise of Caravaggio's Sleeping Cupid: New Documents for Francesco dell'Antella in Malta and Florence," Melita Historica (1997); (with Keith Sciberras) "Saints and Heroes: Frescos by Filippo Paladini and Leonello Spada," in Palace of the Grand Masters in Valletta, ed. A. Ganado (Malta: Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti, 2001); "In Figura Diaboli: Self and Myth in Caravaggio's David and Goliath," in From Rome to Eternity: Catholicism and the Arts in Italy, ca. 1550-1650, ed. P.M. Jones and T. Worcester (Leiden: Brill, 2002); "Caravaggio and Caravaggism," in The Dictionary of Early Modern Europe, 5 vols., ed. M. LaFlaur (New York, Scribner's, 2003).
In Fall 1995, he was Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently external examiner in the Department of Art History, University of Malta, and a member of the Malta Historical Society. In 2002-2003, Professor Stone was a Member in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, where he continued work on his Caravaggio project.
For a short webcast of the introductions to the Caravaggio in Malta Symposium organized by Prof. David M. Stone and held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC on Oct. 24, 2009, please click the link below:
Caravaggio and the Knights of Malta: a 400-Year Perspective
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Link to text of News Journal Article, May 14, 2006