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Lisa Passaglia Bauman

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Hear Lisa Passaglia Bauman speak at the Smithsonian Associates program – Art, Power, and Pleasure in Italy’s Renaissance Courts

Lisa Passaglia Bauman is an Assistant Professor of Art History at George Mason University where she teaches courses on Italian Renaissance art and architecture, nineteenth-century European art, as well as introductory courses on the visual arts and architecture as part of the Mason Core curriculum. She recently developed a Study Abroad program for George Mason University in Florence, Italy, where she served as the Academic Director. She received her Ph.D. in Renaissance and Baroque art from Northwestern University. Her scholarly interests focus on cardinals as patrons in late fifteenth-century Rome and the elaborate rhetoric of patronage of the della Rovere family. Her publications include “Piety and Public Consumption: Domenico, Girolamo and Julius II della Rovere at Santa Maria del Popolo,” in Patronage and Dynasty. The Rise of the della Rovere in Renaissance Italy, and “The Rhetoric of Power: Della Rovere Palaces and Processional Routes in Late Fifteenth-Century Rome” in Patronage, Gender and the Arts in Early Modern Italy. Before coming to George Mason University, Dr. Passaglia Bauman was a lecturer in the Department of Museum Education at the Art Institute of Chicago where she developed and presented collection tours, thematic tours, and exhibition overviews in gallery walks and public lectures.  The Art Institute of Chicago has one of the largest and foremost collections of late-nineteenth-century French art in the world, material that is at the heart of the nineteenth-century European art course and Impressionism seminar she currently teaches.  Her years of lecturing in front of the art work have informed her teaching as she strives to engage her students more intimately with the object, its history and its cultural context. 

What Our Travelers Say

Lisa Passaglia Bauman was the highlight of the trip. She provided the link between our preconceptions as Americans experiencing a taste of another culture. Lisa's lectures and individual conversations throughout the tour elevated the adventure to the standards educational excellence representative of the Smithsonian Institution. Lisa is a remarkable person and we feel privileged to have had the opportunity to get to know her.

- Smithsonian Journeys Traveler