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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Judith Testa  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1943 in New York

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Illinois Connection

Testa taught at Northern Illinois University and currently resides in St. Charles.

Biographical and Professional Information

Judith Testa, a former professor at Northern Illinois University, grew up as a baseball fan in the New York City area in the 1950s. She moved to the Midwest to go to graduate school and spent her professional career at Northern Illinois University. While there, she taught History of Art, published scholarly books and articles, and received several awards for excellence in teaching. After a career devoted to teaching, talking and writing about art, during retirement she returned to a childhood love: baseball. The result was the publication of a biography of a star pitcher from the 1950s, a sinister, almost satanic-looking righthander named Sal “The Barber” Maglie. The book, titled Sal Maglie. Baseball’s Demon Barber, was published in 2007 and won an award from the Society of Midland Authors as the best biography of 2007.

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Titles At Your Library

Rome Is Love Spelled Backward (Roma Amor): Enjoying Art and Architecture in the Eternal City
ISBN: 0875802370

Northern Illinois Univ Pr. 1998

An Art Lover's Guide to Florence
ISBN: 0875806805

Northern Illinois University Press. 2012

No city but Florence contains such an intense concentration of art produced in such a short span of time. The sheer number and proximity of works of painting, sculpture, and architecture in Florence can be so overwhelming that Florentine hospitals treat hundreds of visitors each year for symptoms brought on by trying to see them all, an illness famously identified with the French author Stendhal.

While most guidebooks offer only brief descriptions of a large number of works, with little discussion of the historical background, Judith Testa gives a fresh perspective on the rich and brilliant art of the Florentine Renaissance in An Art Lover’s Guide to Florence. Concentrating on a number of the greatest works, by such masters as Botticelli and Michelangelo, Testa explains each piece in terms of what it meant to the people who produced it and for whom they made it, deftly treating the complex interplay of politics, sex, and religion that were involved in the creation of those works.
With Testa as a guide, armchair travelers and tourists alike will delight in the fascinating world of Florentine art and history.



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