Susan Dixon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
Olney Hall 147/149
Susan M Dixon is Chair of the Department of Fine Arts and Associate Professor of Art History. Her area of expertise is Italian art and culture with an emphasis on the 14th through the 18th centuries. She is fascinated by the ways in which cultures reinterpret their pasts, and she has written on the history and practice of classical archaeology. She is currently writing a monograph on Rodolfo Lanciani, a late 19th-/early 20th-century archaeologist of Rome, who negotiated his career during a time marked by the professionalization of the science of archaeology, the unification of Italy with Rome as its capital, and the institutiion of museums desiring collections of ancient art and artifacts.
Dr. Dixon came to La Salle in 2012 after years of teaching art history and museum studies at other institutions, including The University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, SUNY New Paltz, and Murray State University, Kentucky.
Areas of Expertise
- 18th-century Italian arts and culture
- History of classical archaeology and its illustration
- Renaissance and Baroque art and culture
- Ph.D., History of Art, Cornell University
- B.S., Architecture, Temple University
- Baroque and Rococo Art
- Italian Renaissance Art
- Art of Venice
- Ancient Art
- Introduction to Art
(Editor) Italian Baroque Art: An Anthology of Teaching Sources (London: Blackwell Publishing, 2008).
Between the Real and the Ideal: The Accademia degli Arcadi and its garden in eighteenth-century Rome (Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 2006).
“The re-attribution of the Pantheon to Hadrian,” in Italian Art, Society and Politics: A Festschrift in Honor of Rab Hatfield, ed. B. Deimling, J. Nelson and G. Radke (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2006), 244-57.
“Francesco Bianchini’s images and his legacy in the mid-18th century: from capricci to playing cards to proscenium arch and back” in Francesco Bianchini (1662-1729) und die europäische gelehrte Welte um 1700, ed. V. Kockel and B. Sölch (Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2006), 83-106.
“Illustrating Ancient Rome, or the Ichnographia as Uchronia and other time warps in Piranesi’s ‘Il Campo Marzio’” in Envisioning the Past: Archaeology and Image, ed. S. Smiles and S. Moser (London: Blackwell Press, 2005), 115-32.
“Piranesi’s Pantheon” in Architecture as Experience, ed. A. Ballantyne and D. Arnold (London, Routledge Press, 2004), 57-80.
“The Sources and Fortunes of Piranesi’s archaeological illustrations,” Tracing Architecture: Aesthetics of Antiquarianism, ed. D. Arnold and S. Bending (London: Blackwell Press, 2002), 49-67.
- National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) Summer Grant, 2007
- NEH Summer Seminar, American Academy in Rome, 2004 and 1992
- Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Art and Humanities, 1995-96