Carnegie Mellon University

Edith Balas

Edith Balas

Emeritus Professor, Dietrich College

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Edith Balas, Professor of Art History, College of Humanities & Social Sciences Balas' main areas of interest are modern art (1890-1960), painting and sculpture, and the art of the Italian Renaissance. Balas published books include Brancusi and His World,(2008); Brancusi & Romanian Folk Traditions, (Second Edition 2006; trans. 1999; First Edition 1987); Michelangelo's Double Self-Portraits (2004); The Early Work of Henry Koerner (2003); The Mother Goddess in Italian Renaissance Art (2002); The Holocaust in the Painting of Valentin Lustig (2001); Joseph Csaky: A Pioneer of Modern Sculpture (1998); and Michelangelo's Medici Chapel: A New Interpretation (1995). In 2003, she curated an exhibition at the Frick Art Museum, and several in Pittsburgh, Paris, New York and Budapest. She has been teaching at Carnegie Mellon since 1977, and is also an Adjunct Professor of History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh. She has published over two dozen articles in the United States, Holland, Hungary, Romania, Italy, and France, and holds an M.A. in Philosophy, 1952, Bucharest; M.A. in History of Arts, 1970, Pittsburgh; Ph.D., Pittsburgh, 1973.