Department of Art
PhD, University of Warwick, 2009 MA, Courtauld Institute of Art, 2005 BA, University of Warwick, 2003
Joanne Allen is Professorial Lecturer of art history; she teaches General Education courses as well as more specialized courses on Medieval art, Renaissance art, and the history of architecture, with an emphasis on the architecture of Washington D.C. She received her PhD from the University of Warwick in 2009 with a thesis on Renaissance choir stalls in Venice and Northern Italy, and has been awarded fellowships from the Society of Renaissance Studies, the British School at Rome and the Dutch University Institute for Art History in Florence, and has previously worked at The Art Newspaper and the Warburg Institute Library.
Dr. Allen’s research focuses on reconstructing the original experience of church buildings in the Italian Renaissance and analyzes how these spaces were used, manipulated and altered. Her work investigates complex relationships between architecture, furniture, liturgy and images in a period when church institutions played a significant role in everyday life. Her articles discussing churches in Venice, Rome, Padua and Vicenza have been published in Renaissance Studies, The Journal of the British Archaeological Association, The Antiquaries Journal, and The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. She is currently writing a book manuscript on the destroyed choir screens which once dominated churches in Renaissance Florence, with an emphasis on how these structures related to societal divisions of gender, class and religious status.