Marjorie Och

Survey of Western Art, Women & Western Art, Renaissance Art, Baroque Art
duPont Hall room 319, (540) 654.2035

Recent Publications & Presentations

Articles & Essays

  • “Vittoria Colonna in Giorgio Vasari’s ‘Life of Properzia de’ Rossi’,” in “Wives, Widows, Mistresses, and Nuns in Early Modern Italy, ed. Katherine McIver, Aldershot, Hampshire, England: Ashgate, forthcoming.
  • “Portrait Medals of Vittoria Colonna: Representing the Learned Woman,” in Women as Sites of Culture: Women’s Roles in Cultural Formation from the Renaissance to the 20th Century, ed. Susan Shifrin, pp. 153-66. Aldershot, Hampshire, England: Ashgate, 2002.
  • “Vittoria Colonna and the Commission for a Mary Magdalen by Titian,” in Beyond Isabella: Secular Women Patrons in Renaissance Italy, eds. S. Reiss and D. Wilkins, pp. 193-223. Kirksville, MO: Truman State University Press, 2001.
  • “Fine Arts: Overview,” Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women’s Studies, eds. Cheris Kramarae and Dale Spender, New York: Routledge, 2000.
  • With Norman Land. Contributions to The Samuel H. Kress Study Collection at the University of Missouri , Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 1999. Articles on the late 15th-c. School of Verona Madonna and Child and Man of Sorrows ; Il Bramantino’s Madonna and Child of ca. 1520; and Giuseppe Bazzani’s A Laughing Man of ca. 1735.


  • National Museum of Women in the Arts, “Exhibition Review: Italian Women Artists from Renaissance to Baroque,” March 16-July 15, 2007, Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal 2 (2007): 193-197.
  • Gabriele Guercio, Art as Existence: The Artist’s Monograph and its Project (Cambridge and London: MIT Press, 2006), Renaissance Quarterly 60-3 (2007): 919-21.
  • Carlo Maria Simonetti, La Vita delle ‘Vite’ Vasariane: Portfolio storico di due edizioni, Accademia Toscana di Scienze e Lettere “La Colombaria” Studi 230 (Florence: Leo S. Olschki Editore, 2005), Renaissance Quarterly 60/1 (2007): 167-69.
  • Norma Broude and Mary D. Garrard, editors, Reclaiming Female Agency: Feminist Art History After Postmodernism (Berkeley, University of California Press 2005), Southeastern College Art Conference Review 15/1 (2006): 49-51.
  • Diane Wolfthal, Images of Rape: The “Heroic” Tradition and its Alternatives (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999): CAA Reviews (, 2003.
  • Deborah Howard, Venice and the East: The Impact of the Islamic World on Venetian Architecture, 1100-1500 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000), The Sixteenth Century Journal 33/3: (2002) 935-37.
  • Mary Rogers, ed., Fashioning Identities in Renaissance Art, introduction by Joanna Woods-Marsden (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000), The Sixteenth Century Journal 32/3 (2001): 786-88.


  • “Vittoria Colonna and a Visual Cult of Friendship,” Renaissance Society of America, Venice, Italy. Session: “Women’s Networks: Letters and Portraits, April 8, 2010.
  • “Women and Vasari’s Lives of the Artists,” College Art Association, Los Angeles, CA. Session: “Early Modern Women and Religious Art: What’s Next?,” February 26, 2009.
  • “Case Study: Using Collaborative Technologies to Develop an Online Exhibit in an Art History Seminar,” College Art Association Los Angeles, CA. Session: “Web 2.0 and Art History,” February 25, 2009.
  • “Vasari on Venice,” Renaissance Society of America, Chicago, Ill. Session: “Shaping Civic Space in a Renaissance City Venice, 1300-1600: Physical Spaces,” April 4, 2008.
  • “Giotto and Assisi in Vasari’s Lives of the Artists,” Renaissance Society of America, Cambridge, England. Session: “Perspectives on Italian Renaissance Art II,” April 9, 2005.
  • “Vasari’s ‘Lives’: City as Biography,” Mid-Atlantic Renaissance and Reformation Seminar, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, March 15, 2003.
  • “A Colonna Project for the Quirinal Hill, Rome.” Mediterranean Studies Association, Aix-en-Provence, France. Session: “The Colonna and the Orsini: Forging Familial Identities in Renaissance Rome,” 2001.
  • “Nancy Spero: A Language of Rebirth.” Forum on Nancy Spero and Her Work, Mary Washington College, 2000.
  • “Artists’ Travels Remembered, Imagined, and Recounted in Vasari’s Vite.” Renaissance Society of America, Florence, Italy. Session: “Among Strangers: Italian Expatriate Artists in the Renaissance,” 2000.