Dr Marie-Louise Lillywhite is senior tutor of the Middlebury-CMRS Oxford Humanities program, as well as a research associate at Keble College and a member of the History Faculty at Oxford. Prior to her current role, Marie-Louise taught in the History of Art department at the University of Warwick, where she convened the History of Art MA in Venice, a city in which she lived for many years.
Marie-Louise’s research focuses predominantly on art and architecture in early modern Italy. Her current monograph is called Reforming Art in Renaissance Venice and explores the impact that religious reform had on the visual arts during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. She has published on topics that include the patronage of parish priests and confraternities after the Council of Trent; a reconstruction of the decoration of the first Jesuit church in Venice (which featured paintings by Tintoretto, Veronese and Jacopo Bassano) and the garden of Bevis Bawa in Sri Lanka. For the Middlebury program Marie-Louise teaches courses on Art and Censorship (1500-1650) and Art and Religion on the Global Jesuit Missions (1540-1773).