Jason Di Resta

Visiting Assistant Professor, Renaissance and Baroque Art
Primary office:
232 Spencer Museum of Art

Professor Jason Di Resta teaches courses on the history of Italian art and architecture from 1200-1700, as well as the graphic arts of pre-modern Germany and the Netherlands. His teaching frequently addresses the mechanisms and materiality of artistic transmission and the role that style plays in strategies of self-differentiation and community formation. His courses also consider the importance of image theory, religious practice, and the beholder’s participation in the generation of an object’s meaning(s) within specific contexts of use.


Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2015
M.A., Syracuse University, 2005
B.A., Kenyon College, 2002

Professional Experience

2016-2017 Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Kansas
2015 Visiting Lecturer, Colorado College
2013-2016 Research Associate, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
2012 Dean’s Teaching Fellow, Johns Hopkins University

Current Research

Dr. Di Resta is currently working on two distinct research projects. The first is a book-length study that examines the art of traveling painters working in northern Italy at the start of the Reformation era. This project focuses on the role of migration and the significance of place in processes of individual and communal identity building. By doing so, it brings awareness to alternative networks of creative exchange and forms of emulation for the study of Western art. The second project investigates the material vitalism of human remains as artistic media in the bone-encrusted mortuary chapels of the Capuchin Order. This latter project investigates how the materiality and function of ossified ornaments infer beliefs about their origins, potential reanimation, and power to organize social life in seventeenth-century Europe.

Courses offered

HA 100 / 300: Introduction to Western Art History
HA 150 / 160: History of Western Art I: Ancient through Medieval Art
HA 151 / 161: History of Western Art II: Renaissance to Contemporary Art
HA 330: Italian Renaissance Art
HA 550 / 594: Flesh, Faith, & the Facsimile: Art & Reproductive Media in Renaissance Europe
HA 550 / 594: Special Study in Renaissance Art: Identity & Exchange in Italy


“Andrea di Vanni,” in Italian Paintings of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries. National Gallery of Art: Systematic Catalogue. Washington, DC. Online Edition, March 2016. http://purl.org/nga/collection/artobject/206072

“Violent Spaces and Spatial Violence: Pordenone’s Passion Frescoes at Cremona Cathedral,” in Räume der Passion: Raumvisionen, Erinnerungsorte und Topographien des Leidens Christi in Mittelalter und Früher Neuzeit (Vestigia Biblia, v. 33), eds. D. Bohde and H. Aurenhammer, Bern 2015, pp. 445-477.

Selected Awards

Cazel Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, 2014

Dean’s Teaching Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, 2012

Samuel H. Kress Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, CASVA, National Gallery of Art, 2010-2012 

Travel Grant, Sadie and Louis Roth Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, 2011

Travel Grant, Charles Singleton Center for the Study of Pre-Modern Europe, 2009

Katzenellenbogen Memorial Prize, Johns Hopkins University, 2009

Selected Conference Papers and Invited Lectures

Fabricating the Divine in a Capuchin Charnel House, Renaissance Society of America, Chicago, IL; 2017

Deracinated Style: Migration and Exchange in the Art of Pordenone, Renaissance Society of America, Boston, MA; 2016

Local Lessons: Piety and Pollution in a Friulian Altarpiece, Coloraro College; 2015

Staging the Miraculous at Santa Maria di Campagna in Piacenza, Renaissance Society of America, New York, NY; 2014

Introduction to “Practicing Inclusivity: New Insights on the Methods, Materials, and Ethics of Technical Art History,” Robert H. Smith Colloquy, CASVA, National Gallery of Art; 2013

Pordenone’s Cremona Frescoes and the Generative Potential of Violence, Renaissance Society of America, Washington, DC; 2012

Violent Spaces and Spatial Violence: Pordenone’s Passion Frescoes at Cremona Cathedral, Räume der Passion: Raumvisionen, Erinnerungsorte und Topographien des Leidens Christi in Mittelalter und Früher Neuzeit, Goethe Universität, Frankfurt; 2011

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