Douglas N. Dow

Associate Professor, Art History, Area Coordinator

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Office: Willard 212

Ph.D. Art History Pennsylvania State University 2006
M.A. Art History Pennsylvania State University 1997
B.A. Art History and English University of Maine 1995


Dr. Dow’s research interests center on issues of collective patronage, the production and consumption of art by non-elites, and the professional and social networks of artists and patrons in late sixteenth-century Italy. He has published articles in Confraternitas and Source, and his research has been supported by grants from the Kress Foundation, the Renaissance Society of America, the Lilly Library at Indiana University, the Mark Chapman Foundation, and Kansas State University. His interest in the intersection of digital technologies, popular culture, and the history of Renaissance art led to an article on the presence of anachronistic architectural monuments in the video game “Assassin’s Creed II” (in Playing with the Past: Digital Games and the Simulation of History ). Dr. Dow’s book, Apostolic Iconography and Florentine Confraternities in the Age of Reform (Ashgate, 2014) examines the commissioning of apostolic decorative schemes within the sacred spaces of Florentine brotherhoods at the end of the Cinquecento.

At Kansas State, Dr. Dow teaches introductory courses in the history of art as well as upper-level courses on Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art. He has also led several summer study-abroad programs in Italy. In 2011 his performance in the classroom was recognized by the College of Arts and Sciences with a William L. Stamey Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.