Ph.D., Harvard University; Cambridge, MA.
A specialist in the cultural history of Renaissance Mantua and the network of princely courts in early modern Italy, Prof. Bourne has published numerous articles on artistic patronage, villa design, costume history, the domestic interior, cartography, and the history of sexuality at the Gonzaga court. Her books include Francesco II Gonzaga: The Soldier-Prince as Patron (2008) and, as co-editor, Encountering the Renaissance: Celebrating Gary M. Radke and 50 Years of the Syracuse University Graduate Program in Renaissance Art (2016). Prof. Bourne also serves as art history advisor for the open-source digital humanities project, Isabella d’Este Archive (IDEA). Fellowships and awards from: Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti, British Library, Harvard University Derek Bok Award for Excellence in Teaching. Prof. Bourne coordinates the graduate program in the history of art and has been teaching art history for Syracuse University in Florence since 1999. She offers both undergraduate and graduate courses.