BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Bronxville’s Janet Cox-Rearick!
Janet Cox-Rearick, who was born in Bronxville, turns 84 on Saturday.
Rearick, an art historian, distinguished professor of art history at the City University of New York, was born June 28, 1930, in Bronxville. Her dissertation, "The Drawings of Pontormo," was published as a book (two volumes) in 1963. Her later books include "Dynasty and Destiny in Medici Art;" "Bronzino's Chapel of Eleonora in the Palazzo Vecchio," "The Collections of Francois I: Royal Treasures," and "Giulio Romano." She co-curated the 1999 exhibition "The Drawings of Bronzino" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Soon after graduation from Wellesley College in Massachusetts, worked as a curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings of the Art Institute of Chicago. She then became lecturer at the Frick Collection before being hired, on the recommendation of Leo Steinberg to teach Italian Renaissance art at Hunter College.
She received the title of distinguished professor from the City University of New York. For her work on Francois I, the French government awarded her a knighthood, naming her a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres .