Mary Quinlan

Mary Quinlan

Ph.D., University of Chicago
Professor - Art History
Office: Art Building 201C

Professor Mary Quinlan is a specialist in the Italian Renaissance and received her Ph.D. in Art History at the University of Chicago. She has published and lectured on relations between Italian Renaissance poetry and the visual arts, as well as on relations between Renaissance science, art, and religion.

Her articles have appeared in the Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes; Renaissance Quarterly; the Journal of Neo-Latin Studies;  ISIS: The Journal of the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences; and the Memoirs of the American Academy, Rome.

Professor Quinlan was Harper Fellow in the Division of the Humanities at the University of Chicago. She has held fellowships and grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Mellon Foundation.

Her new book, Influences: Art, Optics, and Astrology in the Italian Renaissance was published by the University of Chicago Press, 2013; paperback edition 2016. Currently she is working on a book project on the history of vision, visual psychology, and art in Early Modern Europe.

Quinlan has studied in England, France, and Italy, teaches courses in the introduction to art, the survey of art history from medieval through baroque, and upper level and graduate courses in early modern European art.

Selected Works

Raphael’s School of Athens: “Theologians reconciling philosophy and astrology,”  Memoirs of the American Academy Rome (2016): 159-191.

The Sala dei Pontefici Vault:  Raphael’s Workshop and Napoleon’s Troops,  Memoirs of the American Academy Rome (2004): 171-94. Stable URL:

The Horoscope(s) for St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, 1506,  Isis:  the Journal of the History of Science and its Cultural Influences,  92 (2001): 716-41. Stable URL:

Caprarola’s Sala della Cosmografia,  Renaissance Quarterly, L (1997):1045-1100. Stable URL: 

The Villa Farnesina, Time-telling Conventions and Renaissance Astrological Practice,  Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, LVIII ( 1995):  52-71. Stable URL:             

Blosius Palladius, Suburbanum Augustini Chisii.  Introduction, Latin Text and English Translation,"    Humanistica Lovaniensia:  The Journal of Neo-Latin Studies, XXXIX  (1990):  93-156. Stable URL:

Aegidius Gallus, De viridario Augustini Chigii:  Vera Libellus. Introduction, Latin Text and English Translation, Humanistica Lovaniensia: The Journal of Neo-Latin Studies    XXXVIII (1989):  1-99. Stable URL:

A Proposal for the Foundation Date of the Villa Farnesina, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, XLIX (1986):  245-50. Stable URL:

The Astrological Vault of the Villa Farnesina:  Agostino Chigi's Rising Sign, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, XLVII (1984): 91-105, plates pp. 17-22. Stable URL:

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