Rothkopf Professor of Art History
202 Williams Center
(610) 330-5358


  • Ph.D., University of Virginia

Research interests: Diane Cole Ahl is the author of Fra Angelico (Phaidon Press, 2008); Benozzo Gozzoli (Yale University Press, 1996), co-winner of the Best Book in Medieval Studies Award at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in 1998; editor of the Cambridge Companion to Masaccio (Cambridge University Press, 2002) and Leonardo da Vinci’s Sforza Monument Horse: The Art and the Engineering (Associated University Presses, 1995); co-editor of Confraternities and the Visual Arts in Renaissance Italy: Ritual, Spectacle, Image (Cambridge University Press, 2000); and numerous articles in American, German, and Italian journals. She presently is writing the Yale Pelican History of Art volume, Fifteenth-Century Painting in Italy for Yale University Press. She has served as curator and consulting curator of exhibitions and installations of Renaissance painting in Italian and American museums and galleries.

Awards: Ahl has received American Philosophical Society, Fulbright, Renaissance Society of America, and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, and was elected a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. She was appointed the James S. Ackerman Scholar-in-Residence at the American Academy in Rome for 2012­–2013, and twice served as Gastwissenschafterlin (Guest Scientist) at the Kunsthistorisches Institut (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft) in Florence, Italy. Ahl also has received several awards for teaching and scholarship at Lafayette, including the Student Government Award for Superior Teaching, the Jones Award, the Mary Louise van Artsdalen Prize, and the Marquis Distinguished Teaching Award.