Dr. Linda Nolan has taught Art History courses in Rome since finishing her PhD in 2010. Her teaching interests include ancient Roman art and architecture, 16th-17th century Italian art and architecture, history of the Reformation, history of archaeology since the Renaissance, and the history of art collecting and museums.

Her teaching starts with the idea that the field of Art History is invested in the history of response: artists react to social and political conditions, the works of other artists, their patrons. And people have distinct responses to art. When teaching inside the churches and museums in Rome, the monument is approached from as many ideological as well as physical points of view as appropriate. A single monument can bring about a discussion of its secular or devotional purpose, a scintillating artist’s biography, symbolic value to a patron, the artist’s technical virtuosity, and much more.

Nolan was a Samuel H. Kress Pre-Doctoral fellow in residence at the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome, and a fellow of the American Association of University Women. She also received grants to support her travels from the Dorot Foundation of the Archaeological Institute of America and the American Academy in Rome (Summer Archaeology Program)

Before moving to Rome, Dr. Nolan worked as a researcher and museum educator at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. She also worked as a studio assistant to the Southern California artist Raymond Pettibon



PhD in Art History, University of Southern California, USA

MA in Art History, University of Southern California, USA

BA in Fine Arts and Art History, Lake Forest College, Illinois, USA

Semester abroad, American University of Rome, Rome, Italy


Courses Taught

ART HISTORY 0813/1003: History of Art in Rome

GRC 2011: Classical Mythology and Roman Mythology 

ENG 2014: Myth and Symbol



The Simulacrum of St. Bibiana: expression and design in early seventeenth-century Rome” The Eternal Baroque: Essays in Honor of Jennifer Montagu, ed. Carolyn H. Miner. Milan, Skira: 2015, 239-50.

(Exhibition Review) “Il Laboratorio del Genio. Bernini disegnatore” Newsletter of the Italian Art Society XXVII.2 (Spring 2015): 5-7.

(Exhibition Review) “Augusto, Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome” Sculpture Journal 23.3 (2014): 403-04.

(Book Review) Visual Cultures of Secrecy in Early Modern Europe, eds. Timothy McCall, Sean Roberts, and Giancarlo Fiorenza. Kirksville, MO: Truman State University Press, 2013. The Sixteenth Century Journal XLV.4 (Winter 2014): 1121-1123.

(Book Review) Perspectives on Public Space in Rome, from Antiquity to the Present Day, eds. Gregory Smith and Jan Gadeyne. Farnham: Ashgate, 2013. The Sixteenth Century Journal XLV.2 (Summer 2014): 415-416.



Critical reception of Renaissance art and architecture Vernacular devotion, from the middle ages to the modern period Xenophobia and nationalism in early modern Rome Politics of art display and reception, from antiquity to the present day.


Select Conference Participation

“Parceling the old basilica of St. Peter.” Early Modern Rome 3, University of California Rome Center, Rome, Italy, October 2017. http://conference.eapitaly.it/emr3-conference/

“Reforming the material past: the Apostolic Visitations to churches in Rome.” Remembering the Reformation, University of Cambridge, UK, September 2017. (http://rememberingthereformation.org.uk/events/remembering-reformation-c...)

“Devoutly encumbered: adorning sculptures in early modern Rome.” Annual meeting, Renaissance Society of America, Chicago, IL, USA, March 2017. (http://www.rsa.org/page/2017Chicago)

“Missing Monuments to Women in early modern Churches.” Attending to Early Modern Women, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, USA, June 2015.

“Good versus Evil: narrating touchstones and sacred sites in late 16th-17th century Rome.” Panel: “Topographies of Magic and the Underworld II” (Society of Fellows of the American Academy in Rome session), Annual meeting, Renaissance Society of America, Berlin, Germany, March 2015.


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