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


Correspondence from c. 1430 at the Archivio di Stato in Modena that Dr. Jones is studying.Dr. Jones joined the faculty in 2012, having taught previously at The Florida State University and the 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 and Program Director for the Minor in Medieval and Early Modern European Studies (MEMES).

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) (
  • Graduate Seminars include: Michelangelo, The Renaissance Studiolo, The Early Modern Courts, and Renaissance Sculpture.

Master Theses Directed

  • 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

  • “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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