Susan Nalezyty


Adjunct Lecturer - Department of Art and Art History


Georgetown College
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Dr. Nalezyty focuses her research and teaching on the history of Italian art of the Early Modern period, especially Rome and Venice. With interests that include both North and South of the Alps, her specific area focuses on patronage and collecting, how art display and circulation contributes to the exchange of ideas and informs our understanding of the genesis of that ubiquitous modern institution, the art museum.

Her forthcoming book with Yale University Press, Pietro Bembo as Art Collector, takes a bird’s eye view of this Venetian writer and cardinal’s mission as collector, analyzing the economics of buying art within Bembo’s social and intellectual spheres in Urbino, Padua, Venice and Rome and exploring contemporary viewer reception of his Paduan studio, celebrated in its own day. Her research has been supported by The American Philosophical Society, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, The Renaissance Society of America, The Bodleian Library, and the Kress Foundation, as well as other university grants and assistantships.

She served as project art historian at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art for the research database, The History of the Accademia di San Luca, c. 1590–1635. Previously the Curator of the Permanent Collection at the Flint Institute of Arts and Assistant Curator of Art at The George Washington University Dimock Gallery she has curated exhibitions on Latin American Printmaking, American Landscape, Asian decorative arts, and contemporary painting and sculpture. As a former museum curator, she brings this experience to the classroom, and hopes to inspire her students to take advantage of Washington’s extraordinary offerings, making them more comfortable with visiting museums.