Wesleyan portrait of Nadja  Aksamija

Nadja Aksamija

Associate Professor of Art History

41 Wyllys Avenue, 309

Section Head


BA Beloit College
MA Princeton University
PHD Princeton University

Nadja Aksamija

Prof. Nadja Aksamija teaches a range of courses in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art and architectural history. She will serve as the director of Wesleyan's study abroad program in Bologna in 2016-17. Prof. Aksamija's primary research interests revolve around villa architecture, literature and ideology during the Counter Reformation, but she also works on a broad spectrum of topics related to late Renaissance landscapes in a variety of media.  Her published and forthcoming books and articles have examined sixteenth-century villas and castles in Dubrovnik and Bologna, cartography and reform at Gregory XIII's papal court, notions of sacred landscape in Counter-Reformation painting and emblematics, and the restoration of Renaissance architectural monuments in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  Prof. Aksamija's research has been supported by numerous awards, such as the Getty Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation Collaborative Grant, and the Robert Lehman Fellowship at the Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence. 

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Academic Year 2016-2017: Director of the E.C.Co. Bologna Program


Fall 2017
ARHA 221 - 01
Renaissance Art & Architecture

ARHA 233 - 01
Italian Baroque Art

Spring 2018
ARHA 110 - 01
Introduction to Western Art

ARHA 322 - 01
Landscape and Ideology