Maria Maurer PhD

Assistant Professor of Art History Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences
School of Art, Design and Art History


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.

Ph.D., Indiana University
M.A., University of Louisville
B.S., Saint Louis University

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

The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.

Book Chapter

“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.

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.

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

ARTH 2203 Survey of Art History I
ARTH 3643 Italian Renaissance Art: 1300-1480
ARTH 3743 Italian Renaissance Art: 1480-1580
ARTH 4053 Gender and Sexuality in Renaissance Art
ARTH 4353 17 Century Dutch and Flemish Painting
ARTH 4593 Museum Internship
ARTH 4803 Special Topics in Art History
ARTH 4973 Senior Project