Angela Rosenthal

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Angela Rosenthal
The cover of Rosenthal's first book: Angelika Kauffmann: Bildnismalerei im 18. Jahrhundert, 1996.
The cover of Rosenthal's masterwork, Angelica Kauffman: Art and sensibility, 2006.

Angela H. Rosenthal (12 September 1963-11 November 2010) was an art historian at Dartmouth College and an expert on the art of Angelica Kauffman. Her masterwork was Angelica Kauffman: Art and sensibility, published by Yale University Press in 2006 which won the Historians of British Art Book Award in the pre-1800 category in 2007.

Early life and family[edit]

Angela Rosenthal was born in Trier, Germany, to Peter and Anne Rosenthal. She had a sister, Felicia Rosenthal, who also became a professor. Rosenthal attended the University of Trier. She married Adrian Randolph, also an art historian and professor at Dartmouth College.[1]


Rosenthal taught at the Staatsgalerie Saarbrucken and at Northwestern University[2] before joining Dartmouth College in 1997[3] where she was an associate professor of art history.[4] She edited a book of essays on William Hogarth and was an expert on the Austrian painter Angelica Kauffman about whom she produced several books, including her authoritative Angelica Kauffman: Art and sensibility that was published by Yale University Press in association with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in 2006.[5] In 2007, that book won the Historians of British Art Book Award in the pre-1800 category.

Rosenthal also had an interest in the visual depiction of race and humour. In 2013, a book that Rosenthal had been editing at the time of her death with Agnes Lugo-Ortiz on slave portraits in the Atlantic world was published,[6] and in 2015, an edited work on humour in the visual arts was completed by her husband Adrian Randolph and published by the Dartmouth College Press.[7]


Rosenthal died from cancer at Dartmouth[8] on 11 November 2010.[9]

Selected publications[edit]

  • "Angelica Kauffman Ma(s)king Claims", Art History, March 1992, Vol. 15, Issue 1, pp 38-59.
  • "Kauffman and portraiture", in Angelica Kauffman: A continental Artist in Georgian England, ed. by Wendy Wassyng Roworth. London, Reaktion Books, 1992. pp. 96-111. ISBN 0948462418
  • Angelika Kauffmann: Bildnismalerei im 18. Jahrhundert. Reimer, 1996. (German language) ISBN 978-3496011514
  • The other Hogarth: Aesthetics of difference. Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2001. (Edited with Bernadette Fort) ISBN 0691010129
  • Angelica Kauffman: Art and sensibility. Yale University Press in association with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, New Haven, 2006. ISBN 978-0300103335
  • Angelica Kauffman in British collections: An exhibition to commemorate the 200th anniversary of her death/[with] an essay by Angela Rosenthal: Recollecting Kauffman. Rafael Valls, London, 2007.
  • Slave portraiture in the Atlantic world. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2013. (Edited with Agnes Lugo-Ortiz) ISBN 978-1107004399
  • No laughing matter: Visual humor in ideas of race, nationality, and ethnicity. Dartmouth College Press, Lebanon, New Hampshire, 2015. (Edited with David Bindman and Adrian W.B. Randolph) ISBN 978-1611688207

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Angela Rosenthal. Rand-Wilson Funeral Home. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  2. ^ Nachruf auf Angela Rosenthal. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  3. ^ Beloved art history prof. passes. Angie Yang, The Dartmouth, 12 November 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  4. ^ About Angela. Dartmouth Department of Art History, 2 April 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  5. ^ Review: Angela Rosenthal Angelica Kauffman: Art and Sensibility. Meredith Martin,, 2 May 2007. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  6. ^ Slave Portraiture in the Atlantic World. Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  7. ^ No Laughing Matter. University Press of New England. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  8. ^ Obit: Angela Rosenthal. Jon Lackman, The Art History Newsletter, 16 November 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  9. ^ Angela Rosenthal: In Memoriam. Archived 2016-02-07 at the Wayback Machine David Bindman, College Art Association, 4 January 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2016.