Staff Biography

Betsy J. Rosasco

Research Curator of European Painting and Sculpture
(609) 258-5829


Betsy Rosasco is an alumna of Smith College (B.A.) and The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University (M.A. and Ph.d.). After teaching for a year at Bryn Mawr College, she joined the Princeton University Art Museum in 1981. The area of European Painting and Sculpture comprises art from the later Middle Ages to the modern period. Recent exhibitions in this area have included “Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe,” in 2013 (in-house curator for exhibition organized by the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, curated by Joaneath Spicer); “Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces from the Pearlman Collection,” in 2015 (co-curator with Laura Giles); “Pastures Green and Dark Satanic Mills: The British Passion for Landscape,” in 2016 (in-house coordinator for exhibition organized by the American Federation of Arts and Amgueddfa-Cymru—National Museum Wales, curated by Timothy Barringer and Oliver Fairclough). Her most recent publications include essays on Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Modigliani, and Kokoschka in the catalogue Cézanne and the Modern: Masterieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection, Princeton, 2014; “Les sculptures de Marly de Louis XIV: influence vénitienne et destinée sous Louis XV,” Bulletin du Centre de recherche du Château de Versailles, winter 2014; “François Boucher’s Water and Earth: Postscript to an Exhibition,” Record of the Princeton University Art Museum, vol. 72 (2014), 20-29; “The Herms of Versailles in the 1680s,” Princeton University Library Chronicle, vol. 76, nos. 1-2, autumn 2014-winter 2015, 145-75. Current projects include an online catalogue of French paintings in the Princeton University Art Museum collection, and preparatory planning for an exhibition on Édouard Manet’s painting process.