Marjorie Och, Professor of Art History, earned a Ph.D. (1993) in art history from Bryn Mawr College, after having received an M.A. (1989) in art history from the University of Delaware and a B.A. (1981) in medieval and Renaissance studies from Towson University (Maryland). Her publications include contributions to The Ashgate Research Companion to Giorgio Vasari, Beyond Isabella: Secular Women Patrons in Renaissance Italy, Women as Sites of Culture: Women’s Roles in Cultural Formation From the Renaissance to the 20th Century, The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women, The Dictionary of Art, The International Dictionary of Architects and Architecture, and Wives, Widows, Mistresses, and Nuns in Early Modern Italy. Dr. Och has presented at numerous national and international conferences, and has served as President of the national society, Art Historians Interested in Pedagogy and Technology.
She is currently working on a critical study of biographies of Renaissance artists. Her research has been generously supported by the University of Mary Washington, the Kress Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Folger Institute of Renaissance and Eighteenth-Century Studies, and Richmond, The American University in London. Dr. Och’s research and teaching interests include art patronage; monographic approaches to 15th-, 16th- and 17th-century artists; medieval, Renaissance and Baroque architecture in Italy; feminist approaches and studies in art history; and museum studies. She has directed study abroad programs in England, Italy, and Croatia.