Ann van Dijk

Dr. Ann van Dijk

Associate Professor, Art History
Early Christian, Byzantine, and Medieval Art
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Office: Art Building 203F
Office Phone: (815) 753-7923
avandijk@niu.edu

Associate Professor Ann van Dijk’s 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); others are included in edited volumes, including S. Maria Antiqua al Foro Romano: cento anni dopo (Rome, 2004), Decorating the Lord’s Table: On the Dynamics between Image and Altar in the Middle Ages (Copenhagen, 2006), and Old St. Peter’s, Rome (Cambridge and Rome, 2013). Her current project concerns issues of nudity in representations of the Crucifixion, focusing on the early eighth-century painting adorning the apsidal arch of Santa Maria Antiqua in Rome. 

Professor van Dijk received her B.A. from the University of Toronto, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University. While working on her doctoral dissertation, she 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. 

A member of the full-time faculty since 2001, Professor van Dijk teaches courses on Early Christian, Byzantine and medieval art. In addition to her regular courses, she teaches special topics and seminar courses with such titles as The Art of Narrative in the Middle Ages, The Holy Image, and Imperial to Papal Rome.

 

 

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