Tanja Jones

Tanja Jones

Associate Professor of Art History, Renaissance and Baroque
Director, Departmental Undergraduate Programs
Director, Minor in Medieval and Early Modern European Studies (MEMES)


  • PhD, Florida State University, 2011


Dr. Jones teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Renaissance and Baroque art.

A major portion of Dr. Jones’s research focuses on the fifteenth-century courts of northern Italy, innovations in personal commemoration, and objects demonstrating intersections between the courts of Italy, France, and Byzantium. She has published extensively on the cast bronze portrait medals produced in the early courts and her current book-length project, Pisanello’s Medals: Dynasty, Destiny, and Crusade, 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.

Dr. Jones also co-directs (with Dr. Doris Sung) the multi-faceted, digital humanities project Global Makers: Women Artists in the Early Modern Courts (, the first synthetic effort to address the role Early Modern women played as producers of visual and material culture in the courts of Europe and Asia (c. 1400-1750). Since Jones initiated the project it has included multiple international conference presentations and a website (including a database and digital mapping features) is in development. Jones’s recent publications on the topic are augmented by an edited volume, Women Artists in the Early Modern Courts of Europe c. 1450-1700 (Amsterdam University Press), published in August 2021.

Dr. Jones’s research has been supported by Dumbarton Oaks, the American Philosophical Society, the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, among others. She also leads annual Study Abroad experiences in Italy and Spain, serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies for Studio Art and Art History, and is Program Director for the Minor in Medieval and Early Modern European Studies (MEMES).

Courses Taught

  • ARH 368 Early Italian Renaissance
  • ARH 369 Later Italian Renaissance
  • ARH 365 Northern Renaissance
  • ARH 371 Southern Baroque Art
  • ARH 373 Northern Baroque Art (
  • Graduate Seminars include: Michelangelo, The Renaissance Studiolo, The Early Modern Courts, Renaissance Sculpture, and Early Modern Women and Visual Culture.

Master Theses Directed

  • Rebecca Lowery, “A Statement of Self as Court Artist: Artemisia Gentileschi’s La Pittura” (2022)
  • Olivia Turner, “Women Artists of Early Modern Seville” (2021)
  • Faith Barringer, “Creating a Female History Painter: Vigée-LeBrun, Labille-Guiard, Mongez, and the French Academy” (2020)
  • Rebecca Teague, “Carving Politics: Niccolò’s Façades at Piacenza, Ferrara, and Verona Cathedrals” (2019)
  • Sara Bernard, “Guido Mazzoni’s Ferrara ‘Lamentation’ and the Patronage of Duchess Eleonora d’Aragona” (2018)
  • 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

  • Invited review of Aimee Ng, Alexander J. Noelle, and Xavier Salomon, Bertoldo di Giovanni: The Renaissance of Sculpture in Medici Florence, exh. cat. (Frick Collection, 2019) for Renaissance Quarterly 75, no. 4 (2022): 1317-18.
  • Invited review of Babette Bohn, Women Artists, their Patrons, and their Publics in Early Modern Bologna (Penn State University Press, 2021) for Sixteenth-Century Journal 53, no. 3 (2022): 846-48.
  • Co-authored with Arne Flaten, “Editorial,” introduction to guest co-edited issue of The Medal (Journal of the British Art Medal Society) 79 (Autumn, 2021).
  • Women Artists in the Early Modern Courts of Europe c. 1450-1700 (Amsterdam University Press, August 2021)
  • “Digital Interventions: The Study of Women Artists in the Early Modern Courts,” in Early Modern Digital Humanities, eds. Colin Wilder and Matt Davis, Vol. 4. New Technologies in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Tempe, AZ: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies; In Press).
  • “The Mediterranean Context: Pisanello’s Medals for Alfonso I of Naples,” Predella 43-44 (2018): 35-55, xii-xx.
  • “Vivified Heraldry: On Pisanello’s Medallic Imagery.” In Heraldic Artists and Painters in the Middle Ages, eds. Torsten Hilltmann and Laurent Hablott. Thorbecke Verlag, 2018.
  • Co-authored with Arne Flaten, “Editorial,” introduction to guest co-edited issue of The Medal, 72 (Spring, 2018).
  • “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.
  • “Crusader Ideology: Pisanello’s Medals in the Guantieri Chapel in Verona,” The Medal 66 (2015): 36-44.
  • “Ludovico Gonzaga and Pisanello: A Visual Campaign, Political Legitimacy, and Crusader Ideology,” Civilta Mantovana 137 (2014): 40-58.

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