Northern Illinois University

School of Art

Ann van Dijk

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Associate Professor, Art History
(Early Christian, Byzantine, and Medieval Art)

Office: Art Building 201B
Phone: (815) 753-7872

Ann van Dijk

Associate Professor Ann van Dijk is a specialist in Early Christian, Byzantine and Medieval Art. She received her B.A. from the University of Toronto (1988) and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University (1989, 1996).

Her research centers on the city of Rome during the medieval and early modern periods. Her interests include artistic relations between Rome and Byzantium, the use of art as a tool of papal self representation, and the perception of Early Christian and medieval art during the Counter Reformation. Her articles have appeared in the journals Art Bulletin (1999), Dumbarton Oaks Papers (2001), Renaissance Studies (2005) and Word & Image (2006); two others are included in volumes of essays entitled S. Maria Antiqua al Foro Romano: cento anni dopo (Rome, 2004) and Decorating the Lordís Table: On the Dynamics between Image and Altar in the Middle Ages (Copenhagen, 2006). Her current project is a book on the Oratory of Pope John VII (705-707) in Old St. Peterís and the transformations it underwent during the course of its nine-hundred-year history.

While working on her doctoral dissertation, Professor van Dijk lived in Rome for a year and half and returns regularly to do research. She has received awards from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Professor van Dijk teaches introductory surveys of art history as well as upper level undergraduate and graduate courses on Early Christian, Byzantine and Medieval art.