Marjorie Och

Associate Professor of Art History
Survey of Western Art · Women & Western Art · Renaissance Art · Baroque Art
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Dr. Marjorie Och, Professor or Art History at The University of Mary Washington


Marjorie Och, Professor of Art History, has taught at Mary Washington since 1994. Her research focuses on the patronage of art by women in early modern Italy; the role of cities in Giorgio Vasari’s Lives of the Artists (1550, 1568); aligning technology with art history pedagogies; the intersection of conservation and art history; contemporary art; and the collecting and exhibition of art.

Professor Och teaches courses in Renaissance and Baroque art history; seminars on the city of Venice, Michelangelo, Bernini, and women and Western art; museum studies; and the department’s survey courses on Western art. She directs two study abroad programs, one to Venice and Croatia (co-directed with Professor Houghtalin of Classics;, the other to London.



Selected publications include:

  • “Venice and the Perfection of the Arts,” in The Ashgate Research Companion to Giorgio Vasari, ed. David Cast. Aldershot, Hampshire, England: Ashgate, 2014.
  • “Michelangelo’s David-Apollo, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., December 13, 2012 – March 7, 2013,” exhibition review, SECAC Review 16/4 (2014): 511-14.
  • Eve Straussman-Pflanzer, Violence and Virtue: Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘Judith Slaying Holofernes’ (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013; Art Institute of Chicago, October 17, 2013-January 9, 2014), catalogue and exhibition review, Woman’s Art Journal 35/2 (fall/winter 2014): 63-64.
  • “Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, Silentio Pathologia: Macedonia at the 55th Venice Biennale,” The Art Section 7/6,, 2013.
  • “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, 2011.
  • “Exhibition, catalogue, and anthology review: A Year of Feminist Art,” SECAC Review 15/3 (2008): 373-77.
  • 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): 193-97.
  • “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.