Bader Postdoctoral Fellow in Baroque Art
Ph.D. (Rutgers University)
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Italian Baroque art and architecture; art patronage in the early modern period; papal politics, political theory, and visual languages of power; sacred art after the Counter Reformation; art theory and sacred imagery between Latin America and Italy; and 17th and 18th century Italian sculpture, especially the work of Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
I specialize in early modern (16th-18th century) Italian art and architecture, with a focus on patronage and politics. I have published on the life and work of Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Giovanni Battista Gaulli, and most recently have completed an article on Torquato Tasso and Counter Reformation devotional imagery. I have received grants and fellowships from the Institut National de l’Histoire d’Art/French Academy in Rome - Villa Medici, the Mellon Foundation, the Kress Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, among others. Before coming to Queen’s University I was Visiting Assistant Professor at Tulane University, in New Orleans.
My dissertation (PhD, Rutgers University) on the patronage of adopted papal nephews laid the ground for my current project examining nepotism and the arts in Baroque Rome. In the absence of extensive textual sources on the practice and perception of nepotism, in this project I consider the visual arts as the means by which the role of the papal nephew was defined and defended to audiences within and beyond the borders of the Papal States.