Diane Apostolos-Cappadona


Professor of the Practice and Director of Catholic Studies
Haub Director of Catholic Studies


Catholic Studies


My research, teaching, and publications are centered on the interconnections of art and religion. In recent years, I presented (and published) seminars and lectures related to the images of Mary Magdalene and the Virgin Mary in Christian art and cultural history, and to the "symbology" in art fiction such as The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol. I have specializations in the study of religious art, comparative religions, religious symbolism, and the history of ideas.
I am currently preparing a two-volume book Visualizing Biblical Women for Brill as well as Christian Art: A Bibliographic Guide for the Illuminations Series of Rowman & Littlefield, Swedenborg and Five Artists for the Swedenborg Foundation Press, and an edited textbook Material Religion for the Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks Series (in Religion) .
My current research is devoted to studies such as the iconology of Mary Magdalene in Christian art and cultural history; the iconology of women readers in Christian art and cultural history; the history of the history of Christian art; the life and work of Anna Brownell Murphy Jameson; and the iconology of scriptural women.