John Cunnally

831 Clark Avenue, Ames IA 50010
Home Phone: (515) 232-0495
Office Phone: (515) 294-7702


University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. in Art History 1984
Dissertation: "The Role of Greek and Roman Coins in the Art of the Italian Renaissance"

Drexel University
M.S. in Library Science 1976

Temple University
B.A. in English 1972


Iowa State University, Department of Art & Design
Associate Professor of Art History 1996-

Iowa State University, College of Design
Associate Director, College of Design Rome Program 2004-2005

Iowa State University, Department of Art & Design
Assistant Professor of Art History 1989-1996

Arkansas State University, Art Department
Assistant Professor of Art History 1985-1989


Eleanor M. Garvey Fellowship in Printing and Graphic Arts
Houghton Library, Harvard University 2004

Iowa State University Council on Scholarship in the Humanities
Summer Research Grant 2000

Iowa State University, College of Design
Polster Teaching Award 1998

Alliance for Community Media National Award
Best Public Access Series on the Arts 1997

Iowa State University, College of Design
Extraordinary Performance Award 1994

National Endowment for the Humanities
Travel to Collections Grant 1991

Iowa State University Design Research Institute
Travel and Research Fellowship 1990


"Blunders, Hoaxes, and Lost Masterpieces from the Numismatic Literature of the Renaissance," The Asylum: Quarterly Journal of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, 22 (Summer, 2004)

"Coins and Medals," in Europe 1450-1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World (New York: Scribner’s, 2003)

"The Portable Pantheon: Ancient Coins as Sources of Mythological Imagery in the Renaissance," in Wege zum Mythos, ed. by L. Freedman and G. Huber-Rebenich (Berlin: Mann, 2001)

Numismatics in the Age of Grolier, with Jonathan Kagan and Stephen K. Scher (New York: Grolier Club, 2001)

"Changing Patterns of Antiquarianism in the Renaissance Medal," in Perspectives on the Renaissance Medal, ed. by Stephen K. Scher (New York: Garland, 2000)

Review of Emblematische Strukturen in Stein by Marcus Kiefer, The Sixteenth Century Journal, 31 (Fall, 2000)

Images of the Illustrious: The Numismatic Presence in the Renaissance (Princeton: Princeton U. Press, 1999)

Review of A History of Women Photographers by Naomi Rosenblum, Number (Spring, 1995)

"Ancient Coins as Gifts and Tokens of Friendship during the Renaissance," Journal of the History of Collections, 6 (1994)

"Numismatic Sources for Leonardo’s Equestrian Monuments," Achademia Leonardi Vinci, 6 (1993)

"Take Only Pictures, Leave Only Footprints: The Seven Virtues of Photography," Number (Fall 1990)

"Leonardo and the Horses of Nero," The Burlington Magazine, 80 (1988)

"From Bauhaus to Cat House: The Photographic Art of Timothy Hursley," Art Papers (July/August, 1987)

"Nero, Seneca, and the Medalist of the Roman Emperors," The Art Bulletin, 68 (1986)


Dirhems among the Denarii: Collecting Islamic Coins by Renaissance Antiquarians, The Renaissance Society of America, San Francisco 2006

Small is Beautiful: The Impact of Coins and Other Small Antiquities in the Renaissance, The Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Pittsburgh 2003

Muslim Coins of the Crusader Period in a Renaissance Collection, Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, 2003

Imago and Emblem in Enea Vico’s Numismatic Books, The Renaissance Society of America, Phoenix 2002

Exterminated Numismatics: The Lost Pastiches of the Renaissance, The Renaissance Society of America, Chicago 2001

The Portable Pantheon: Ancient Coins as Sources of Mythological Imagery in the Renaissance, Middle America College Art Association, Louisville 2000

Greek Imperial Coins and Renaissance Medals, Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, St. Louis 1999

A Glimpse into a Renaissance Antiquarian’s Coin Cabinet: The Hofer Numismatic Manuscript, Classical Association of the Midwest and South, Cleveland 1999

Shekel Amity: Cooperation between Jewish and Christian Numismatists in the Sixteenth Century, The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Columbus 1996

Architectura Numismatica in the Italian Renaissance, International Society for the Classical Tradition, Boston 1995

Antiquarianism in the Imagery of the Italian Renaissance Medal, Perspectives on the Renaissance Medal Symposium, The American Numismatic Society, New York 1994

Against Marmocentrism: Ancient Coins as Sources for Renaissance Artists, College Art Association, New York 1994

Emblem Books and Numismatic Literature in the Sixteenth Century: A Symbiotic Relationship, The Society of Emblem Studies, Pittsburgh 1993

The Mystery of the Missing Caesar: Politics and Antiquarianism in the Early Sixteenth Century, Renaissance Society of America, Kansas City 1993

Michelangelo and the Numismatists: The Collecting of Roman Republican Coins in the Renaissance, Central Renaissance Regional Conference, Columbia MO 1991

Photography, Death, and Hypnagogic Sleep, Midwest Society for Photographic Education, Green Bay 1990

The Collecting of Greek Coins in the Renaissance, Southeastern College Art Association, Knoxville 1987

Imperial Portraits in the Margins of Giovanni Mansionario’s Historia Imperialis, Southeastern Medieval Association, Boone NC 1987

The Transformation of Nietzsche’s Superman into the Twentieth Century Artist-Hero, Mid-America College Art Association, Kansas City 1988

Numismatic Sources for Leonardo’s Equestrian Monuments, The Renaissance Society of America, Tempe 1987

Primitivism and the Post-Modern, Mid-America College Art Association, Memphis 1986

Michelangelo’s Battle of the Centaurs, The Frick Collection Annual Symposium, New York 1980


Numismatics and the Age of Grolier, with Jonathan Kagan and Stephen K. Scher, New York, Grolier Club, September-November 2001.

Beyond Grant Wood: Iowa Artists Today, a 15-part television series, Ames Public Access Television, Fall 1995-Spring 1996.

Apollo in Silver: Photography of the Minimalist Era, Gallery 181, Iowa State University, January-February 1994.


College Art Association

American Numismatic Society

Renaissance Society of America

Sixteenth Century Society

International Society for the Classical Tradition

Numismatic Bibliomania Society