Dr. Erin Benay

Dr. Erin Benay is Climo Assistant Professor of Art History at Case Western Reserve University. She is a specialist in Italian painting and visual culture of the early modern period. Together with Lisa M. Rafanelli, she is the author of Faith, Gender, and the Senses in Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art: Interpreting the Noli me tangere and Doubting Thomas (Ashgate, 2015) and more recently, Exporting Caravaggio: the Crucifixion of Saint Andrew in the Cleveland Museum of Art (Giles, 2017). Dr. Benay has taught at the State University of New York, Oswego and at Marlboro College. She was a curatorial assistant at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire, the Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers University, and at the Morgan Library in New York. She has been the recipient of a number of awards and grants, including the Samuel H. Kress grant in Renaissance Art History, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Institute of Indian Studies. In 2017 Professor Benay was awarded the John S. Diekhoff Award for excellence in graduate teaching.