Jeanne Chenault Porter

Dr. Jeanne Chenault Porter
Dr. Jeanne Chenault Porter

Associate Professor Emerita of Art History


  • Ph.D. and M.A. in the history of art (University of Michigan)
  • B.A. in the history of art (Barnard College, Columbia University)

Specialty Area: 

Southern Baroque Art


From 1974 to 2006, Dr. Porter taught courses at Penn State in Italian, Spanish, and French Baroque and Rococo art, as well as connoisseurship and prints and drawings. Before coming to Penn State, she had been a teaching fellow at the University of Michigan and subsequently taught at Hunter College (C.U.N.Y.), Finch College, and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her university education included graduate courses at the universities of Rome, Florence, and Ghent. Her doctoral education was supported by a Fulbright grant to Rome, a Belgian Government Grant, and a Ford Foundation Fellowship. Her publications include a catalogue monograph on the American abstract expressionist Bradley Walker Tomlin, which accompanied a cross-country retrospective exhibition for which she was curator. Dr. Porter has been the author of articles on Baroque art, with a special interest in Neapolitan painting of the seventeenth century, particularly the Neapolitan-Spanish painter Jusepe de Ribera. She is co-editor and co-author of Parthenope’s Splendor, Art of the Golden Age in Naples (Vol. VII, Papers in Art History from The Pennsylvania State University), and author and editor of Documentary History of Naples, Baroque Naples, 1600–1800, volume IV of a five-volume anthology published by Italica Press, New York. In 2004 Dr. Porter curated and wrote the catalogue for an exhibition of paintings by Henry Varnum Poor held at the Graham Gallery in New York City. She recently published “Naples’ Pulcinella: Mask and Mirror” in Maureen Carr’s A Facsimile of the Sources and Sketches for Stravinsky’sPulcinella (1920) with a Commentary and Invited Essays, A-R Editions of Middleton, Wisconsin, Basel, 2007. She is currently writing a book titled The Triumph of Painting in Seventeenth-Century Naples. She is a recipient of the College of Arts and Architecture Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching.