Franklin & Marshall College Franklin & Marshall College

Michael R. Clapper

Associate Professor of Art History, Chair of Art and Art History
Office: HUE24
Office Hours: Mon. 12:00-2:00 p.m., and by appointment
Summary: Historian of 19th and 20th century art. He also holds an M.F.A. and is a practicing painter.

Research Interests

My research has centered on mass-reproduced art, particularly in the United States. Since the mid-nineteenth century, mass production (and thus lower prices) has made it possible for a large number of people to have art, or at least reproductions of art, in their homes. In analyzing these works I try to understand why an image or type of art, especially those that became most popular, appealed to contemporary viewers. I have published articles about chromolithographs, the cast plaster sculptures of John Rogers, and the work of Thomas Kinkade. My current project is about Maxfield Parrish.

Course Information

Introduction to Western Art
American Art
20th Century Art
History of Printmaking
Methods in Art History