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Margaret Hanni completed her Bachelor's degree in Art at Simmons and her Master's degree and Ph.D in Art History at Boston University. Margaret's research interests include baroque and eighteenth century portraiture in general, and the marriage portrait in Georgian England in particular. Her interest in the history of collecting in England has led Margaret to develop an unusual undergraduate course on the history of art collecting that is taught in London and uses the city's museums and the English country house as sites for study.
The history of American museums and collectors is another research interest, and Margaret has published work on Mary Cassatt's role as an advisor to American women collectors. Margaret regularly lectures on various topics connected to The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and working with the Museum, she has designed a unique upper level seminar for Simmons called Art of the Gardner. This course studies the founder, Isabella Gardner and her role in American collecting, the treasures on view at the museum, as well as the organization, mission and programs of the museum today.
Margaret teaches a variety of art history courses ranging from the Italian renaissance to the twentieth century.