History of Art + Visual Culture


Suzanne Scanlan

Suzanne Scanlan received her PhD from Brown University in 2010, where she subsequently taught as Visiting Faculty. While completing her graduate studies, she worked as a Mellon curatorial proctor at the RISD Museum in the department of painting and sculpture. She specializes in the art and architecture of Renaissance Europe and teaches classes on the visual culture of early modern Italy.  Most recently, she published an article on the relationships between art, temptation and sexuality in fifteenth-century Rome, and her research has been funded by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Kermit Champa Memorial Fund and the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Brown.

Prof. Scanlan is currently writing a book about the ritual, spiritual and material significance of paintings, manuscripts and architecture commissioned by the Oblates of Santa Francesca Romana, a community of religious women in Renaissance Rome.