Margaret Denton’s current research focuses on the intersections between photography and painting in France in the nineteenth century. Her latest article, “Louis-Auguste Martin’s Promenades poétiques et daguerriennes –Bellevue” (History of Photography, August 2011), examines one of the first attempts to combine poetry and photography. She looks at Martin’s little known work in the context of discussions that took place in 1851 about the potential of photography among members of the Société héliographique. Previously, Professor Denton has published articles on Nicolas Poussin’s “The Arcadian Shepherds” and burial reform in France (Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2003) and on the work of Angélique Mongez who was a student of Jacques-Louis David (Art History, 1998).
Margaret Denton joined the faculty of the University of Richmond in 1990. Her teaching includes courses on Nineteenth-Century European Art, American Art from 1700-1900, the History of Photography, Modern Art, 1900-1960, as well as, Theories and Methodologies.
She received the Distinguished Educator Award from the University of Richmond in 1994 and in 1999 was awarded a Gould Fellowship at Princeton University.