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Patricia Rocco

Adjunct Professor of Art History

Prof. Patricia Rocco teaches both graduate and undergraduate Renaissance Art History at Hunter College and Cooper Union, as well as a two-semester survey of art history at Manhattan School of Music, “Creativity and Culture”. Her Ph.D. in Italian Renaissance Art is from the Graduate Center, CUNY. Professor Rocco received her Master of Arts in Early Modern Art History from McGill University (Quebec) and her Bachelor of Arts with a focus in archaeology from NYU. Professor Rocco has published several articles in scholarly journals on women artists, gender and material culture (textiles), as well as a chapter on popular prints, piety, and gaming in early modern Italy in Playthings in Early Modernity. Rocco has also published a book entitled The Devout Hand: Women, Virtue, and Visual Culture in Early Modern Italy. The book explores themes of gender and material culture in early modern Bologna against the city’s unique cultural and historical backdrop of university scholars, Counter Reformation visual reform, and artistic discourse.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.