Professor Rose Marie San Juan


Early Modern Italian art
and visual culture
Dr Rose Marie San Juan

Rose Marie San Juan teaches and writes on early modern Italian art and culture (especially Rome and Naples), on new forms of technology (print culture, film) in relation to urban change, and on the reconception of the visual image through travel, cross-cultural exchange, and the emergence of natural history and cabinets of curiosities. She studied at the University of Toronto and The Warburg Institute, and did her Ph.D. dissertation on the myth of Orpheus in Italian Renaissance culture.

She is the author of many articles on Renaissance representations of gender and sexuality, including marriage painting, the critical vagaries of Isabella d’Este’s patronage, and the political implications of Queen Christina of Sweden’s sexuality. Her book Rome: a city out of print (2001) examines the complex relations between the emergence of print culture and urban change; the forthcoming Vertiginous Mirrors: The perilous journeys of early modern images of self reflection (2008) reconstructs the global journeys and cross cultural exchanges of Jesuit images; and Film and Urban space: Critical possibilities (co-authored with Geraldine Pratt, 2008) argues for the political potential of debates on space and time produced through the historical intersection of cinema and city.

She is currently working on the representation of the human body in practices of collecting curiosities and early scientific knowledge.

She teaches undergraduate courses on print culture, genre painting and Rome and Naples, and graduate courses on critical theory, and the body in the cabinet of curiosities.


A list of publications is available from UCL's Institutional Research Information Service via the Iris link below.