Loyola University Chicago

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Fine Arts

Marilyn Dunn, Ph.D.

Title/s: Associate Professor of Fine Arts

Office #: Mundelein 905

Phone: 773.508.8307

E-mail: mdunn@luc.edu


Dr. Marilyn Dunn in an Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts and an associate faculty member of the Women's Studies and Gender Studies Program. She teaches a wide range of courses from introductory surveys of various periods of western art to courses focused on Renaissance, Baroque and Modern Art, as well as courses on women and art, cross-listed with the Women's Studies and Gender Studies Program. Her areas of specialization include the Italian Renaissance and Baroque and issues of gender and art. She is also a regular faculty participant in Loyola's Honors Program and serves on the Women's Studies and Gender Studies Steering Committee.

Dr. Dunn's current research focuses on an investigation of the art patronage of women in 17th century Rome, with particular emphasis on the role of nuns as patrons. Recent projects have examined the patronage of the church of St. Lucia in Selci in Rome, the role of conventual architecture in the construction of gender, and the dynamics of family networks in convent patronage. She has published extensively on art patronage and gender in Renaissance and Baroque Italy, especially 17th century Rome.

Dr. Dunn's articles and reviews have appeared in such journals as The Art Bulletin, The Burlington Magazine, Romisches Jahrbuch der Bibliotheca Hertziana, The Renaissance Quarterly, and Aurora, The Journal of the History of Art.  Book chapters are included in Women and Art in Early Modern Europe (ed. C. Lawrence) and Architecture and the Politics of Gender in Early Modern Europe.  Her review of The Jesuits and the Arts, 1540-1773 (eds. J.W. O'Malley and G.A. Bailey) appeared in Aurora 7 (2006).

Dr. Dunn loves going to Rome to study art, do research, enjoy good food, and experience the vibrancy of life in the eternal city.


Ph.D., University of Chicago
M.A., Villa Schifanoia (Dominican University, Florence, Italy) 
B.A., Muskingum College