Tiffany, Tanya

Department Chair and Professor, Renaissance and Baroque Art


  • PhD Johns Hopkins University, History of Art, 2004
  • MA   Johns Hopkins University, History of Art, 1997
  • BA    University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduated with Honors and Distinction, Majors: Art History and Spanish, 1995

Research Interests:

  • Golden-Age Spanish painting and sculpture
  • Gender and race in the early modern world
  • Feminine devotion in Post-Tridentine Spain
  • Deventeenth-century artistic theory
  • Early modern texts and images
  • Prints and visual culture in Spain
  • Artistic exchange between Spain and Italy

Courses Taught:

  • ArtHist 102: Renaissance to Modern Art and Architecture
  • ArtHist 241: Introduction to Baroque Art
  • ArtHist 260: Spanish Visual Art and Culture: 1450-1830
  • ArtHist 333: High Renaissance Art in Italy
  • ArtHist 333: High Renaissance Art in Italy (online)
  • ArtHist 342: Art and Civic Culture in Fifteenth-Century Florence
  • ArtHist 445: Art in Seventeenth-Century Spain
  • ArtHist 447: Topics in Early Modern Art: Gender and Art in Italy, 1400-1700
  • ArtHist 700: Graduate Proseminar in Art History
  • ArtHist 730: Velázquez and the Art of Invention
  • ArtHist 730: Spirituality and Visual Culture in Golden-Age Spain



Diego Velázquez’s Early Paintings and the Culture of Seventeenth-Century Seville (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2012).

Edited volume:

Velázquez Re-Examined: Theory, History, Poetry, and Theatre [with Giles Knox] (Brussels: Brepols Publishers, 2017). Includes my translation (from Spanish) of “Heresy, Judaism, and Paganism in the Hall of Realms,” by Javier Portús.

Recent Articles and Essays (published and forthcoming):

“The Infant Christ at the Spanish Court: Polychrome Sculptures in the Devotional Practice of Sor Margarita de la Cruz (1567-1633),” Sixteenth Century Journal, forthcoming.

“God’s Design: Painting and Piety in the Vida of Estefanía de la Encarnación (ca. 1597-1665),” in “Quid est sacramentum?”: On the Visual Representation of Sacred Mysteries in Early Modern Europe and the Americas, 1400-1700, ed. Walter S. Melion, Lee Palmer Wandel, and Elizabeth Carson Pastan (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming).

“Intellect, Piety, and Religious Experience: Recent Perspectives on El Greco’s Sacred Art in Post-Tridentine Spain,” in Research Companion to El Greco, ed. Jeffrey Schrader (London: Taylor and Francis, forthcoming).

“‘Little Idols’: Royal Children and the Infant Jesus in the Devotional Practice of Sor Margarita de la Cruz (1567-1633),” in The Early Modern Child in Art and History, ed. Matthew Averett (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2015), 35-48.

“El Retrato de la Madre Jerónima de la Fuente de Velázquez y el Monasterio de Santa Clara de Sevilla” / “The Portrait of Madre Jerónima de la Fuente and the Convent of Santa Clara in Seville,” trans. Ari Zighelboim, in El joven Velázquez: A propósito de la “Educación de la Virgen” de Yale / The Young Velázquez: Studies on “The Education of the Virgin” at Yale, ed. Benito Navarrete Prieto (Seville: ICAS, 2015), 292-311.

“El Greco” [with Laura R. Bass], in Oxford Bibliographies Online: Renaissance and Reformation, (2014).