Dale Kinney

Dale Kinney earned her Ph.D. in 1975 with a dissertation on Santa Maria in Trastevere (Rome), which led to her long engagement with spolia. She retired as Professor of History of Art at Bryn Mawr College (1972-2010), where she also served as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2000-08).

Articles by Dale Kinney

Celestial Light and Nature’s Painting

A work of rare conceptual rigor and enormous range and depth of research, Painting in Stone is a “biography” of a material common to many of the most celebrated buildings in the Western canon.

Trophies and Orphans: The Use of Spolia Columns in Ancient Churches

Motley rows of reused column shafts, capitals, and bases were among the most conspicuous features of medieval church interiors in Rome and south Italy for over a thousand years, from the time of their first appearance under Constantine the Great (d. 337) until the end of the Middle Ages.