Kimberly L. Dennis is an Associate Professor of Art History and has been at Rollins since 2005. She received her M.A. in Art History from Vanderbilt University and her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Dennis' teaching areas are Renaissance and Baroque art, western architecture, and urbanism, with a particular interest in women's involvement in the art as artists, patrons, and subjects.
Her recent scholarship includes “Camilla Peretti, Sixtus V, and the Construction of a Locus of Peretti Family Identity in Counter-Reformation Rome”(forthcoming, 2011, Sixteenth-Century Journal), and “Rediscovering the Villa Montalto and the Patronage of Camilla Peretti” in Ed. Katherine A. McIver, Wives, Widows, Mistresses, Nuns: Making the Invisible Visible in Early Modern Italy (Ashgate, forthcoming, 2011).
Dr. Dennis' current research focuses on the art and architectural patronage of Olimpia Maidalchini Pamphili, sister-in-law and longtime companion of Pope Innocent X (r. 1644-55). Among the projects examined in this study are Pamphili’s role in the construction of Palazzo Pamphili and the Church of Sant'Agnese, her re-organization of the central urban space of Piazza Navona, her reconstruction and re-population of the city of San Martino al Cimino, and the portrait bust she commissioned from sculptor Alessandro Algardi at the height of her power.