Joanne Anderson

Convener of the MA in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture

MA (Hons), English and History of Art, University of Aberdeen 
MA, History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art 
PhD, History of Art, University of Warwick 

Joanne Anderson is Lecturer in 13th-17th Century Art History at the Warburg Institute. She is convener of the MA in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture, contributing courses on Iconology and Renaissance mural painting (making and meanings). Joanne previously worked at Birkbeck, Sussex and Warwick as lecturer in Renaissance art history and was editorial assistant of The Art Bulletin 2011-13. She is aResearch Associate at Sussex University, and was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick.

Her research interests include Christian iconography and female patronage within family dynamics in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. More recently she has been working on secular prints and their relationship with wall paintings, and other display objects, in the chivalric culture of courtly residences. 

 Joanne is currently preparing a book on the image of Mary Magdalen in northern Italy and the Alps during the long middle ages and its place in the wider Christian landscape. She is particularly concerned with the cultivation and circulation of visual types as linked to pilgrimage, artisanal practice and patronage in parish communities. Her interest in the Alps and its cultural production informs her new collaborative project on art, travel and geography, which borrow its title, Artistic Exchange in Unexpected Quarters, from Warburg's 1905 essay. 

To read more about Joanne please visit the Talking Humanities blog post: 'Picture this - Role of images in Society'


‘Mary Magdalen and the Imagery of Redemption: Reception and Revival in Fifteenth-Century Tyrol,’ Predella. Journal of the Visual Arts, 35 (2015), special issue: ‘The Survival of the Trecento in the Fifteenth Century’ (

 St. Magdalena in Rentsch bei Bozen: Ein neuer Vorschlag zur Auftraggeberschaft im 14. Jahrhundert,’ in Der Schlern 88 (2014), pp. 40-44 

 ‘Mary Magdalene and Her Dear Sister: Innovation in the Late Medieval Mural Cycle of Santa Maddalena in Rencio (Bolzano)’, in Mary Magdalene: Iconographic Studies from the Middle Ages to the Baroque, eds Michelle A. Erhardt and Amy M. Morris (Brill, Oct 2012), pp. 45-74. 

 ‘Devotional and Artistic Responses to the Cult of Mary Magdalen in Trentino-Alto Adige,c.1300-c.1500: The Case of Cusiano’ in Visible Exports / Imports. New Research on Medieval and Renaissance European Art and Culture, eds Emily Jane Anderson, Jill Farquhar and John Richards (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012), pp. 161-80