Location: Bowdoin / Susan E. Wegner

Art History

Susan E. Wegner

Associate Professor of Art History

Contact Information

210 Visual Arts Center

Spring 2015

  • Introduction to the Arts of Ancient Mexico and Peru (ARTH 1300)
  • Art of the Italian Renaissance (ARTH 2220)
  • Introduction to the Arts of Ancient Mexico and Peru (LAS 1300)



  • Bryn Mawr, Ph.D. 
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A. 

  • Italian Renaissance Domestic and Political Imagery
  • Images of Saints (St. Catherine of Siena and St. Bridget of Sweden)
  • Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Italian Drawings
  • Art in Peru
Peruvian, Early Nazca (Nazca Z) ca. 100-300 AD
 Bridge-spout Vessel   buff clay with polychrome slip
8 x 7 inches Museum Purchase, Florence C. Quinby Fund, in memory of Henry Cole Quinby, Honorary Degree, 1916. 
Bowdoin College Museum of Art 1969.86
peruivian pot front peruivian pot back

Teaching Appointments

Bowdoin College, 1980-present
Visiting Assistant Professor in Department of History of Art, University of Michigan-University of Wisconsin Program in Florence, Winter-Spring 1985

Other Appointments

Director, Women's Studies Program, Bowdoin College, 1998-2000

"Unpacking the Renaissance Marriage Chest," in Beauty and Duty: The Art and Business of Renaissance Marriage (Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine, 2008).

Accepted for Publication

"Ethical and Practical Considerations in Reconstructing a Renaissance Domestic Interior from Disparate Fragments" (revised title) to appear in New Perspectives on Early Modern Italian Domestic Interior, ed. Stephanie Miller, et. al. for Ashgate Press. To be issued as part of the Visual Culture series. Full edited collection of essays to be back in the hands of Ashgate editors, projected date 2011

Invited Contributor 

Entries on Francesco Vanni drawings for scholarly catalogue accompanying exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago: Capturing the Sublime: Five Centuries of Old Master Drawings from a Private Chicago Collection. 2012

Recent Scholarly Presentations 

"Darkness at Dawn: Artemisia Gentileschi's Aurora" at the College Art Association (hereafter CAA) meetings in Chicago, February 13, 2010

"Ethical and Practical Considerations in Uniting Fragments from Disparate Italian Renaissance Domestic Interiors: Case Study at Bowdoin College Museum of Art," CAA, February 2007

"Graphic Truth and Beauty: Imagined Females in Late Sixteenth-Century Italy" Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Pittsburgh, October 2003

susan wegner "Beauty and Duty: The Art and Business of Renaissance Marriage," exhibition of Italian Renaissance painting, furniture, medals, prints and books. March 27 - July 27, 2008

Co-curator for "Visual Conversations," study multi-media and trans-national exhibition in conjunction with Art 100: Introduction of Art History, Fall 2009

"For All Saints, " including selected object labels written by students in Art History 222: Art of Renaissance Italy, November 2009 - January 2010

"The Bible and its Interpreters," November - December 2004

"From Marriage to Childbirth and Child Rearing: Durer's "Life of the Virgin" as Social Document," November - December 2003

"Figures from the Earth: Ceramic Sculpture from Ancient Mexico," Spring 2002