Faculty

darius spieth

Darius Spieth


Professor
Art History Area Coordinator



225-578-4947 | 219 Design Building
dspieth@lsu.edu |

Art History BA University of Nebraska-Lincoln
MA University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MBA International University of Japan
PhD University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



A specialist in modernism, Darius A. Spieth focuses his scholarship on the interrelationships between art, intellectual history, and economics. Besides Prints from the Serenissima: Connoisseurship and the Graphic Arts in Eighteenth-Century Venice, an exhibition catalog written for the Fogg, he has published Napoleon’s Sorcerers: The Sophisians (University of Delaware Press, 2007), which explores the Masonic contexts for the revived Isis cult in Napoleonic France. Recently contributed book chapters and published articles include: “Giandomenico Tiepolo’s Il mondo nuovo: Peepshows and the Politics of Nostalgia;” “How Did Japanese Investments Influence Art Prices?” with Takato Hiraki, Akitoshi Ito, and Naoya Takezawa; and “The French Context of The Great Mirror of Folly: John Law, Rococo Culture, and the Riches of the New World.” Supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, Spieth’s current research investigates art, auctions, and public spectacle in 19th-century Paris. Spieth received a BA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, an MA and PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an MBA in finance from the International University of Japan, and was a Mellon Visiting Professor at the California Institute of Technology in 2011. Prior to joining the art history faculty at LSU in 2003, Spieth served as Philip and Lynn Straus Curatorial Fellow at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University and worked for a commercial gallery dealing in Russian avant-garde art domiciled in Cologne, Germany, and Zug, Switzerland.

Courses

ART 1001 Introduction to Fine Arts
ARTH 1441 Historical Survey of the Arts
ARTH 2470 Survey of 20th Century Art
ARTH 4401 The History of Prints
ARTH 4433 18th Century European Art
ARTH 4440 African Art
ARTH 4450 19th Century European Painting
ARTH 4451 Early 20th Century European Art
ARTH 4470 History of Photography
ARTH 7441 Graduate Research Seminar in History of Art
HNRS 2021 Colloquium in the Arts

Publications