Wesleyan portrait of Nadja  Aksamija

Nadja Aksamija

Associate Professor of Art History

Boger Hall, 308

Associate Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures


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 has served as the director of Wesleyan's study abroad program in Bologna on two occassions and continues to advise students interested in studying in Italy. 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. With Clark Maines and Phil Wagoner, she has edited a volume entitled Palimpsests: Monuments, Sites, Time (Brepols, 2017), which features essays by Wesleyan faculty and alumni. 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. In Fall 2021, she was a Senior Visiting Researcher in the Department of Architecture at the University of Bologna.

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Fall 2023: Tuesdays 10:30-12, or by appointment


Spring 2024
ARHA 221 - 01
Early Renaissance Art

ARHA 325 - 01
Renaissance/Baroque Sculpture