About Rebekah Smick

Rebekah Smick is Associate Professor of Philosophy of the Arts and Culture at the Institute for Christian Studies. She specializes in pre-Kantian art theory and criticism, in particular the relation of early modern visual arts theory to poetics, rhetoric, ethics and theology. Her research and teaching investigate the aesthetic values of beauty and grace, the link between knowledge and imagination, the aesthetic function of metaphor, and the place of compassion. She is author of Antiquity and Its Interpreters (Cambridge UP, 2000) and is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Michelangelo’s Vatican Pietà as Image in the Theology and Aesthetics of Compassion. She received her MA from Columbia University and her PhD from the University of Toronto.