Marie Tanner is an expert on Renaissance art and architecture, and author of the prize-winning The Last Descendant of Aeneas: The Hapsburgs and the Mythic Image of the Emperors
(Yale, 1993); Jerusalem on the Hill: Rome and the Vision of St. Peter’s in the Renaissance
(Harvey Miller, 2010); and Sublime Truth and the Senses: Titian’s Poesie for King Philip II of Spain
(Harvey Miller, 2019), and several influential articles
With a 1976 Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University,
she has taught at Rutgers University and at Queens College of the City University of New York. She embraces the humanistic and political approaches to understanding art and architecture pioneered by Aby Warburg
, Frances Yates
, and Erwin Panofsky
, her professor in graduate school.
Tanner is a past winner of the Wittenborn and Kingsley Porter prizes, as well as fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and National Endowment for the Humanities. She was also a Paul Mellon Senior Visiting Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery in Washington D.C.
She is currently an independent scholar based in New York City and Rome. Her website is http://www.MarieTanner.com/