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Dr. Christa Irwin

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Shields Center for Visual Arts 229
Full-Time Faculty

Dr. Christa Irwin an art historian who specializes in art of the Renaissance and Baroque in both Europe and Latin America. Her current research involves intersections of Italian and South American art and culture in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in art history, including History of Art I and II, Aesthetics, and seminars in Renaissance and Baroque art. She was Interim Assistant Director of the Marywood Art Galleries for 2016-2017, and currently serves as the director of the undergraduate Arts Administration program.


Ph.D., Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2014

M.A., Williams College, 2003

B.A. Temple University, 2001

Professional Employment

Assistant Professor, Marywood University, 2015-present

Adjunct Professor, Moore College of Art and Design, 2007-2015

Adjunct Professor, Rowan University, 2009-2015

Graduate Teaching Fellow, Baruch College, 2006-2009

Curatorial Fellow, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2003-2005


Contributor of entries on Mannerism in South America and paintings by Bernardo Bitti to Pintura colonial cuzqueña, eds. Ananda Cohen Suarez and Raúl Montero.

“Bernardo Bitti and the Counter Reformation in the Viceroyalty of Peru”, in Art After Trent: Rethinking Art Around 1600 (in progress for Ashgate)

Conference Papers

The Virgin Lactans in Colonial Lima: Maternal and Spiritual Role Model, College Art Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC, February 3-6, 2016

Bernardo Bitti: An Italian Reform Painter in the Viceroyalty of Peru, Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Vancouver, Canada, October 22-25, 2015

Bernardo Bitti’s Coronation of the Virgin: A Case Study in Early Colonial Painting in Lima, Christianity and Latin American Art: Apprehension, Appropriation, and Assimilation, Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art, Los Angeles, CA, February 21, 2012

Angelino Medoro and the Only Portrait of Saint Rose of Lima, Southeastern College Art Conference, Savannah, GA, November 9-12, 2011

Session Organizer, The Global Renaissance Revisited, Annual Renaissance Society of America Conference, Montreal, Canada, March 24-26, 2011

Italian Mannerism in Lima: The South American Careers of Bernardo Bitti, Matteo da Leccio and Angelino Medoro, Annual Renaissance Society of American Conference, Venice, Italy, April 8-10, 2009