Maria Maurer, PhD
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.
Relationships between experience, space, and gender in the art and architecture of Italian Renaissance courts, with a focus on the Gonzaga court in Mantua
Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art history in Europe and the Mediterranean
“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.
“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.
- Topics in European History
- Venice and the World
- Italian Renaissance Art: 1480-1580
- Museum Internship
- 17 Century Dutch and Flemish Painting
- Renaissance Society of America
- Society for the Study of Early Modern Women
- College Art Association
- Italian Art Society
Awards & Honors
- Aegis Award for Excellence