Dr Johnson has published widely on the visual culture of early modern Europe, especially on Renaissance Italy, the art of Rubens, and women as patrons and subjects of art. Her publications on the history of sculpture range from the late medieval period to the present day, and she also works on the historiography of art history as a discipline and on the history of photography.
At present, she is completing a book on the reception of sculpture in early modern Italy, with a particular focus on tactile encounters with sculpted objects. Future projects include a book on the visual historiography of art history and a collaborative project on portraiture in early modern Europe.
- History of art and visual culture
- Renaissance and Baroque art
- History of sculpture
- Women and the visual arts
- History of photography
Professor Johnson has experience of working with the media.