Riccardo   Pizzinato

Assistant Professor  

Office: BRUST 208
Phone: (956) 882-7851
Email: riccardo.pizzinato@utrgv.edu

Dr. Riccardo Pizzinato

Dr. Riccardo Pizzinato is Assistant Professor of Medieval Art History at UTRGV. He received his B.A. (2001) and his M.A. (2005) from the Catholic University in Milan, Italy. Advised by Prof. Herbert Kessler, he earned his Ph.D. in 2012 from The Johns Hopkins University. Before joining the faculty at UTGV, Dr. Pizzinato served as the Zanvyl Krieger Curatorial Fellow in the Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore from 2009 to 2013. From 2013 to 2015, he taught as Visiting Assistant Professor of Medieval Art at the University of Minnesota, Morris. His research interests focus on Pictorial Arts in the West from 800 to 1300, with a primary interest in early medieval manuscripts, and Museum Studies. His research gives particular emphasis to the study of medieval image theory, artifacts material, and the relationship between art, theology, philosophy and aesthetics. Having served as Cultural Mediator and Interpreter for the 31st Medical Group at the United States Air Force Base in Aviano, Italy, Dr. Pizzinato is moreover trained in medical language and translation.





Selected Publications


  • Riccardo Pizzinato. "Vision and Christomimesis in the Ruler Portrait of the Codex Aureus of Saint Emmeram," The University of Chicago Press: Gesta 57, no. 1 (October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2018).

  • Lynley Herbert, William Noel, Kathryn Smith, Diane Bockrath, Consuelo Dutschke, Doug Emery, Larisa Grollemond, Riccardo Pizzinato, Ariel Tabritha, Michael Toth, "Walters Ms. W. 106, Bible pictures by William de Brailes," (2015).

  • Sirarpie Der Nersessian, Amy Landau, Theo van Lint, Lynley Herbert, William Noel, Charles Dibble, Doug Emery, Riccardo Pizzinato, Ariel Tabritha, Michael Toth, "Walters Ms. W. 541, Amida Gospels," (2015).

  • William Noel, Consuelo Dutschke, Lynley Herbert, Christine Sciacca, Chiara Valle, Charles Dibble, Diane Bockrath, Lisa Davis, Doug Emery, Elizabeth Klemm, "Walters Ms. W. 148, Homilary," (2014).

  • James Marrow, Consuelo Dutschke, Lynley Herbert, Chiara Valle, Charles Dibble, Diane Bockrath, Christine Boot, Doug Emery, William Noel, Riccardo Pizzinato, "Walters Ms. W. 175, Masters of the Dark Eyes Missal," (2014).

  • Lynley Herbert, William Noel, Charles Dibble, Diane Bockrath, Lisa Davis, Consuelo Dutschke, Doug Emery, Jeffrey Hamburger, Elizabeth Klemm, Riccardo Pizzinato, "Walters Ms. W. 740, Salzburg sermons," (2014).

  • Consuelo Dutschke, Chiara Valle, Lynley Herbert, Charles Dibble, Diane Bockrath, Christine Boot, Doug Emery, William Noel, Riccardo Pizzinato, Ariel Tabritha, "Walters Ms. W. 834, Prayer book," (2014).

  • Lauren Bucca, Consuelo Dutschke, Lynley Herbert, Charles Dibble, Diane Bockrath, Doug Emery, William Noel, Riccardo Pizzinato, Ariel Tabritha, Michael Toth, "Walters Ms. W. 847, Book of English heraldry," (2014).

  • James Marrow, Alex Devine, Anne Hedeman, Lynley Herbert, William Noel, Diane Bockrath, Christine Boot, Consuelo Dutschke, Doug Emery, Riccardo Pizzinato, "Walters Ms. W. 168, Book of Hours," (2013).

  • Getatchew Haile, Lynley Herbert, Diane Bockrath, Doug Emery, Ephraim Isaac, William Noel, Riccardo Pizzinato, Ariel Tabritha, Michael Toth, Linda Owen, "Walters Ms. W. 836, Ethiopian Gospels," (2013).



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Riccardo Pizzinato. Samuel H. Kress Travel Grant, International Center of Medieval Art, (May 10, 2018 - May 13, 2018)

  • Riccardo Pizzinato. Faculty Research Enhancement Funds, University of Minnesota Office of the Vice President for Research, (March 2014 - March 2014)

  • Riccardo Pizzinato. Faculty Research Enhancement Funds, University of Minnesota Office of the Vice President for Research, (October 2013 - October 2013)

  • Riccardo Pizzinato. Faculty Research Enhancement Funds, University of Minnesota Office of the Vice President for Research, (May 2013 - May 2013)

  • Riccardo Pizzinato. Faculty Research Enhancement Funds, University of Minnesota Office of the Vice President for Research, (April 2013 - April 2013)

  • Riccardo Pizzinato. The Adolph Katzenellenbogen Prize, The Johns Hopkins University, MD, (2011 - 2011)

  • Riccardo Pizzinato. Zanvyl Krieger Curatorial Fellowship, Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD, (2009 - 2011)

  • Riccardo Pizzinato. The Sadie and Louis Roth Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins University, MD, (2008 - 2008)

  • Riccardo Pizzinato. Robert and Nancy Hall Curatorial Fellowship, Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD, ( 2007)



Selected Presentations


  • Riccardo Pizzinato. "Illuminating Power in the Aftermath: Ruler Theology in the Codex Aureus of Saint Emmeram," The 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, International Center of Medieval Art, Kalamazoo, MI (May 2018)

  • Riccardo Pizzinato. "Fold as Meaning in Medieval Art: The case of the Genoels-Elderen Ivories," FOLD Lecture Series, University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley (March 2018)

  • Riccardo Pizzinato and Stephen Carey. "The Dissimilar Image in Medieval Art and Literature," The 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 2014)

  • Riccardo Pizzinato. "Diptych Vision and Ruler Theology in the Codex Aureus of Saint Emmeram," The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, MN, (April 2013)

  • Riccardo Pizzinato. "Symbol, Ornament, and Materiality in the Frontispieces of the Codex Aureus of Saint Emmeram," Fellow Lecture Series, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD (May 2012)

  • Riccardo Pizzinato. "Symbol and Ornament in the Frontispieces of the Codex Aureus of Saint Emmeram," Middle Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art, Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts, The National Gallery, Washington, DC, Washington, DC (April 2011)

  • Riccardo Pizzinato. "Re-Examining the Ruler Portrait of Charles the Bald in the Codex Aureus of Saint Emmeram," The 37th Annual Conference on Manuscript Studies, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO (October 2010)

  • Riccardo Pizzinato. "The Origins of the Iconography of the Tree of Jesse," Corso Triennale Iconografia Christiana, Cuneo, IT (December 2001)



Selected Performances and Exhibitions


  • Riccardo Pizzinato. "Beasts on Parchment: Picturing Animals in Medieval Manuscripts," Baltimore, MD (2011)

Current Courses

ARTS 1304 90L - Art History II:
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ARTS 3380 01I - Museology and Museography:
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ARTS 1304 92L - Art History II:
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ARTS 1303 91L - Art History I:
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ARTS 3353 01 - Italian Renaissance, 1415-1595:
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ARTS 1303 91L - Art History I:
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ARTS 1303 91L - Art History I:
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ARTS 1303 90L - Art History I:
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ARTS 3380 02I - Museology and Museography:
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