Johns Hopkins University
George Washington University
- Research Interests
- Italian Renaissance Art, 17th-century European Art, Renaissance Humanism, Leonardo da Vinci, History of Science, Art Theory and Criticism, Renaissance Historiography, Early Modern Court Culture, and Gender Studies.
- Curriculum Vitae
- English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Jill Pederson is Associate Professor of Art History at Arcadia University, specializing in European art with an emphasis on Italian painting, sculpture, and graphic work from the fourteenth through seventeenth centuries. Her research focuses on the intersection of visual, literary, and intellectual culture in northern Italy. Dr. Pederson is the author of Leonardo, Bramante, and the Academia: Art and Friendship in Fifteenth-Century Milan (Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2021). This book deepens our understanding of Leonardo da Vinci by providing contextualization for his first Milanese period (c.1482-1499). Although he has long been cast as an artistic anomaly, this study re-situates Leonardo within a specific scholarly network that helped to shape his own visual idiom. By suggesting that Leonardo derived inspiration from a wider group of artists, poets, and scientists, the book challenges prevailing ideas about his universal genius and contributes to a more complex understanding of an artist who influenced conceptions of creative practice for generations to come. Other research interests include art theory and criticism, Italian humanism, Renaissance historiography, early modern court culture, and gender studies.
Dr. Pederson is currently engaged in her second book project, which examines the artistic followers of Leonardo da Vinci within the context of cultural exchange and explores the proliferation of the Leonardesque pictorial mode across transcultural geographies.
Dr. Pederson received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University (2008). Before joining the faculty at Arcadia University, she taught at Johns Hopkins (2003–2004), Colorado College (2003, 2006–2007), and Catholic University (2010–2011). She was also a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (2007–2010). She is the recipient of the Pedretti Fellowship from the Renaissance Society of America, National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Scholar Grant, Fulbright Fellowship, Kress Foundation Fellowship, Renaissance Society of America Research Grant, Ahmanson Research Fellowship at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (UCLA), and a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society.
Leonardo, Bramante, and the ‘Academia’: Art and Friendship in Fifteenth-Century Milan.
The Sala delle Asse as Locus amoenus: Revisiting Leonardo da Vinci’s Arboreal Imagery in Milan’s Castello Sforzesco
Green Worlds in Early Modern Italy: Art and the Verdant Earth, edited by Karen Goodchild, April Oettinger, and Leopoldine Prosperetti (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2019), 89–108.
Leonardo, Bramante, and the Visual Tradition of Friendship
Leonardo e gli altri: Leonardo in Dialogue, edited by Francesca Borgo, Rodolfo Maffeis, and Alessandro Nova (Florence: Kunsthistorisches in Florenz, 2019), 147–64.
Under the Shade of the Mulberry Tree: Reconstructing Nature in Leonardo’s Sala delle Asse
Leonardo Studies: Architecture and Nature, edited by Constance Moffat and Sara Taglialagamba (Leiden: Brill, 2019).
Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio’s Portrait of Girolamo Casio and the Poetics of Male Beauty in Renaissance Milan
Renaissance Love: Eros, Passion, and Friendship in Italian Art around 1500, edited by Jeanette Kohl, Marianne Koos, and Adrian Randolph. I Mandorli Series (Berlin: Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2014).
Henrico Boscano’s Isola beata: New Evidence for the Academia Leonardi Vinci in Renaissance Milan
Catholic University of America
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art
Colorado Springs, CO
Charles S. Singleton Center for Italian Studies, Johns Hopkins University
- Pederson Publishes Essay in ‘Renaissance Love’
- Pederson Receives Grants for Leonardo da Vinci Research
- Loeffler’s Philadelphia Gallery Hosts Judged Exhibition Showcasing Mother-Artists
- Interim President Brown Leads Students Through Art and History at U.S. Capitol
- Arcadia Faculty “Takeover” Academic Podcast Feb. 11 to 15
- Dr. Pederson Presents in Mexico for da Vinci’s Quincentennial Anniversary
- Dr. Pederson Publishes on the Impact of Artists on Leonardo da Vinci’s Work
- Public Art Alumna Publishes Book Based on Collaborative Art Experience at Arcadia
- Dr. Pederson Selected for Summer Institute on 16th Century Spanish Invasion of Mexico