Tanja L. Jones

Associate Professor of Art History, Renaissance and Baroque
Program Director, Minor in Medieval and Early Modern European Studies (MEMES)
(205) 348-1895
Office Location:
Garland 209
(205) 348-0287

Dr. Jones joined the faculty in 2012, having taught previously at The Florida State University and Dr. Tanja Jones in Venicethe University of Alabama in Birmingham. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Renaissance and Baroque art. Her research focuses on the fifteenth-century courts of northern Italy, particularly the Gonzaga court in Mantua, innovations in personal commemoration, and objects demonstrating intersections between the courts of Italy, France, and Byzantium. Her current book-length project addresses the emergence of the cast bronze portrait medal in the 1430s and the political, religious, and ideological value the small-scale sculpted form conveyed. She serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies for Studio Art and Art History.

Courses Taught:

Early Italian Renaissance (ARH 368)
Later Italian Renaissance (ARH 369)
Northern Renaissance (ARH 365)
Southern Baroque Art (ARH 371)
Northern Baroque Art (ARH 373) (http://smalltreasures.as.ua.edu)
Graduate Seminars include: The Renaissance Studiolo, The Early Modern Courts, and Renaissance Sculpture.

Master Theses Directed

Emee Barrow Hendrickson, “The Medal of Cardinal Andrea della Valle” (2017)
Micah-Shea McKibben, “Moving Beyond Beauty: Uncovering Sandro Botticelli’s Isis” (2016)
Sara Morris Briers, “Virtues and Vices: South Portal Sculptures at Notre Dame in Paris” (2015)

Carrie Chism Lien “Recalling the Council of Ferrara and Florence: Two Fifteenth-Century Florentine uomini famosi Cycles” (2015)
Justin Greenlee, “Quod Vocatur Paradiso: The Pigna and the Atrium at Old St. Peter’s” (2014)
Emily Brown Kelley, “A Papal Hall of State:Ceremony and Function in the Borgia Apartment” (2014)
Rachel Robbins, “Politics and Provenance: Five Hundred Years of Images of the Grande Chasse of the Sainte-Chapelle, Paris”(2014)

Recently Published
  • “Makers: Towards the Study of Early Modern Women Artists in the Courts.” In Künstlerinnen: Neue Perspektiven auf ein Forschungsfeld der Vormoderne, eds. Birgit Münch, Andreas Tacke, Marwart Herzog, and Sylvia Heudecker. Vol. 4. Kunsthistorisches Forum Irsee. Petersberg: Michael Imhof Verlag GmbH & Co., 2017.
  • “Vivified Heraldry: On Pisanello’s Medallic Imagery.” In Heraldic Artists and Painters in the Middle Ages, eds. Torsten Hilltmann and Laurent Hablott. Thorbecke Verlag, 2017. (In press)
  • “Ludovico Gonzaga and Pisanello: A Visual Campaign, Political Legitimacy, and Crusader Ideology,” Civilta Mantovana 137 (2014): 40-58.
  • “Crusader Ideology: Pisanello’s Medals in the Guantieri Chapel in Verona,” The Medal 66 (2015): 36-44.

Correspondence from c. 1430 at the Archivio di Stato in Modena that Dr. Jones is studying.For PDFs of these and Dr. Jones’ other publications, visit: https://alabama.academia.edu/TanjaJones


March, 2017, Session Chair and Organizer (with Arne Flaten and Charles M. Rosenberg), Renaissance Society of America (RSA) (Chicago, IL). Sessions title: “Renaissance Coins and Medals”

August, 2016, Session Chair and Organizer, Sixteenth Century Studies Conference (SCSC) (Bruges, Belgium) “Makers: Women Artists in the Early Modern Courts.” *Session sponsored by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women

March 30-April 3, 2016: Dr. Jones chaired a session at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference in Boston. The session topic relates to her research initiative “Makers: Women Artists in the Early Modern Courts.” For the session and papers, visit: http://www.rsa.org/?page=2016Boston.

March 18-20, 2016: Dr. Jones was selected to present a paper titled “Makers: Women ‘Artists’ in the Early Modern Courts of Europe” at the International Conference titled “New Directions in the Study of Early Modern Women Artists”, at the Kunsthistorisches Forum Irsee in Germany, a joint venture of the University of Trier and the Schwabenakademie Irsee. The conference proceedings will be published in a volume to follow.

Oct. 22-25, 2015: Dr. Jones presented her new Digital Humanities research project, Makers: Women Artists in the Early Modern Courts, at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in Vancouver. For more information on this developing project, visit: http://makers.as.ua.edu

Spring 2015: Dr. Jones was awarded a Franklin Research Grant by the American Philosophical Society to support the final stages of archival research in Verona, Mantua and Modena for her book manuscript titled Pisanello’s Medals: Politics, Dynasty, and Crusade.

“The Art of Collaboration” (Dialog, March 23, 2015) featured Dr. Jones and her ARH 373 Baroque Art of Northern Europe course in a collaborative digital project with the Birmingham Museum of Art (http://smalltreasures.as.ua.edu)


Ph.D., Florida State University (2011)