Suzanne Scanlan

Suzanne Scanlan’s research centers on women as artists, patrons and collectors from the Renaissance through the modern period. In 2010, Scanlan joined the faculty at RISD where she teaches courses on the art, architecture and material culture of early modern Europe. She has developed several collaborative courses with studio faculty, most recently a seminar exploring the role of the artist on the Grand Tour. Her most recent work is a book entitled Divine and Demonic Imagery at Tor de’Specchi, 1400–1500: Religious Women and Art in Fifteenth-Century Rome (Amsterdam University Press, 2018). In spring 2017, her co-authored article “Death Did Not Become Her: Unconventional Women and the Problem of Female Commemoration in Early Modern Rome” won the prize for Best Article from Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Her current research project, partially funded by a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities through the National Endowment for the Humanities, explores relationships between early female graduates of RISD and the arts, manufacturing and industrial landscapes of Providence.

Fall 2018 Courses

  • HAVC-H101-12 History Of Art & Visual Culture 1
  • HAVC-H101-19 History Of Art & Visual Culture 1
  • HAVC-H101-20 History Of Art & Visual Culture 1
  • HAVC-H441-01 History Of Drawing

Wintersession 2019 Courses

  • HAVC-W163-01 Power, Dependence and Social Welfare In Early Modern Visual Culture

Spring 2019 Courses

  • HAVC-H102-07 History Of Art & Visual Culture 2
  • HAVC-H102-08 History Of Art & Visual Culture 2


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