Assistant Professor of Art History
Visual culture of early modern Italy, including cartography and print culture as well as art and architecture
Jessica Maier’s research focuses on early modern city imagery: a category in which architectural, artistic, and technological concerns converge. She is particularly interested in depictions of Rome as a lens onto changing perceptions of the city, approaches to antiquity, and core issues of representation.
Maier is the recipient of a Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome, as well as research support from Columbia University, the Newberry Library, and other organizations. Her publications have appeared in the journal Imago Mundi and in several edited volumes, and she has articles forthcoming in Art Bulletin, Eighteenth-Century Studies, and Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome. She is currently completing a book manuscript titled Rome Measured and Imagined, 1450-1765.
Maier previously taught at the University of Oregon and Tulane University. She has also offered courses in the U.S. and in Italy for Columbia University, Dartmouth College, and Louisiana State University. At Mount Holyoke, Maier teaches European Renaissance & Baroque art and architecture with an eye to global interactions, as well as to traditionally overlooked categories of imagery like prints, illustrated books, and maps.