Maria Maurer - Faculty & Adjuncts

Maria Maurer, PhD

Maria Maurer, PhD
Co-Director of Women's and Gender Studies
Associate Professor of Art History
College of Arts & Sciences
Art, Design and Art History
918-631-2733 Phillips Hall Room 318


PhD – Indiana University MA – University of Louisville BS – Saint Louis University


Maria Maurer offers courses in Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art history. Her research focuses on intersections between image, space, and gender in Italian art of the sixteenth century. She is particularly interested in the ways in which artists and visitors experienced works of art and used them to construct gender identities. She is also interested in using critical theory to investigate and understand the art of the Renaissance. She is currently at work on a book-length project on Palazzo del Te, a sixteenth-century palace created by the artist Giulio Romano, and its continued use as space in which ideal masculinity was created, enacted, and negotiated.

Research Interests

Relationships between experience, space, and gender in the art and architecture of Italian Renaissance courts, with a focus on the Gonzaga court in Mantua

Teaching Interests

Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art history in Europe and the Mediterranean


Journal Articles

  • “A love that burns: Eroticism, torment and identity at the Palazzo del Te.” Renaissance Studies, 2015. doi: 10.1111/rest.12151

  • “Identity East and West: The Patronage of Sultan Mehmed II.” Parnassus: The University of Louisville Graduate Art History Journal (Spring 2008): 29-34.

Book Chapters

  • “The Trouble with Pasiphaë: Engendering a Myth at the Gonzaga Court,” in Receptions of Antiquity, Receptions of Gender in European Art, 1300-1600, edited by Alison Poe and Marice Rose. Leiden: Brill, 2015.

Courses Taught

  • Survey of Art History II
  • The Liberal Arts and Real Life
  • Magnificent Art: Identity At the Renaissance Court
  • Seminar
  • Italian Renaissance Art: 1300-1480
  • Senior Project
  • Survey of Art History I
  • Independent Study
  • Special Topics in Art History
  • Gender and Sexuality in Renaissance Art
  • Topics in European History
  • Venice and the World
  • Italian Renaissance Art: 1480-1580
  • Museum Internship
  • 17 Century Dutch and Flemish Painting
  • 17th Century Dutch and Flemish Painting

Professional Affiliations

  • Renaissance Society of America
  • Society for the Study of Early Modern Women
  • College Art Association
  • Italian Art Society

Awards & Honors

  • Aegis Award for Excellence