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Members of the Center, 2017–2018


Samuel H. Kress Professor
Diane Favro
University of California, Los Angeles (emerita)



Andrew W. Mellon Professor
Estelle Lingo

University of Washington, Seattle


Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor
David Bomford

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


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Senior Fellows

Babette Bohn, Texas Christian University
Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow, 2017–2018
Women Artists, Their Patrons, and Their Publics in Early Modern Bologna

Anne Burkus-Chasson, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow, 2017–2018
Engaging Artifice: Chen Hongshou (1598/1599–1652) and the Illustrated Book

Manuel Castiñeiras, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow, 2017–2018
Shifting Identities and Traveling Objects: Artistic Encounters with Byzantium during the Expansion of the Crown of Aragon

Nicola Courtright, Amherst College
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow, spring 2018
Art and Queenly Authority: The Creation of Spaces for Marie de' Medici

Amy Freund, Southern Methodist University
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow, 2017–2018
Noble Beasts: Hunters and Hunted in Eighteenth-Century French Art

Megan Holmes, University of Michigan
Paul Mellon Senior Fellow, 2017–2018
Scratching the Surface: The Marking and Transformation of Italian Renaissance Panel Paintings, 1250–1550

Prita Meier, New York University
William C. Seitz Senior Fellow, 2017–2018
The Surface of Things: A History of Photography from the Swahili Coast, 1860 to the Present

Ailsa Mellon Bruce National Gallery of Art Sabbatical Curatorial/Conservation Fellow

Kimberly Schenck, National Gallery of Art, Department of Paper Conservation

Mary Cassatt and Soft-Ground Etching, 1879–1890

Visiting Senior Fellows

Giulia Ceriani Sebregondi, Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo, Rome
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, September 1 – October 31, 2017
The Venetian Doge Leonardo Donà (1536 – 1612) and Architecture

S. Hollis Clayson, Northwestern University
Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow, November 1 – December 31, 2017
The Inescapability of the Eiffel Tower

Eleni Hasaki, University of Arizona
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, March 12 – May 11, 2018
Craft Apprenticeship, Social Networks, and Communities of Practice in Ancient Greece

Elizabeth J. Moodey, Vanderbilt University
Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow, March 1 – April 30, 2018
Conspicuous Abstention: Grisaille in the Art of the Burgundian Netherlands

Jacqueline Marie Musacchio, Wellesley College
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, January 2 – February 28, 2018
At Home Abroad: Anne Whitney and American Women Artists in Late Nineteenth-Century Italy

Catherine Phillips, Independent Scholar
Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow, January 2 – February 28, 2018
From Brussels to the Baltic: Count Charles Cobenzl (1712 – 1770) and His Collection of Drawings

Courtney Quaintance, Independent Scholar
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, May 28 – July 27, 2018
Women, Music, and Representation in the Seventeenth Century

Cole Roskam, University of Hong Kong
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, June 15 – August 15, 2018
Designing Reform: Post-Revolutionary Architectural Culture in the People's Republic of China, 1973–1989

Massimiliano Rossi, Università del Salento
Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow, May 1 – June 30, 2018
Filippo Baldinucci's Notizie de' professori del disegno in Late Baroque Florence

Jordana Moore Saggesse, California College of the Arts
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, June 15 – August 15, 2018
Game On: The Black Male Boxer in American Art and Culture

Ginette Vagenheim, Université de Rouen
Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow, November 1 – December 31, 2017
A Catalogue Raisonné of Pirro Ligorio's Drawings

Cécile Whiting, University of California, Irvine
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, June 15 – August 15, 2018
Global War and the New American Landscape, 1939–1945

Nicole L. Woods, University of Notre Dame
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, September 1 – October 31, 2017
Performing Chance: The Art of Alison Knowles In/Out of Fluxus

A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow

Megan C. McNamee
A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, 2016 – 2018
The Numerate Eye: Denumeration and Representation in Europe, c. 950 – 1100

Research Associates 

Stefan Albl
Postdoctoral Research Associate for Carlo Cesare Malvasia's Felsina pittrice
Painting in Milan in the Seventeenth Century

Elizabeth Athens
Postdoctoral Research Associate for History of Early American Landscape Design Database (HEALDD)
Everywhere the Image of Life: William Hogarth’s Natural Philosophy

Lara Langer
Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Kress and Mellon Professors
Andrea Sansovino and the Question of Modernism in Sixteenth-Century Italian Art

Lorenzo Pericolo, University of Warwick
Robert H. Smith Senior Research Associate for Carlo Cesare Malvasia's Felsina pittrice
Malvasia's Life of Guido Reni

Tiffany Racco
Postdoctoral Research Associate for Carlo Cesare Malvasia's Felsina pittrice and Edmond J. Safra Research Associate
Luca Giordano: Speed, Imitation, and the Art of Fame

Silvia Tita

Postdoctoral Research Associate for The Early History of the Accademia di San Luca, c. 1590 1635
The Visual Politics of Constantinian Imagery in the Early Modern Period

Benjamin Zweig
Robert H. Smith Postdoctoral Research Associate for Digital Projects
Depicting the Unforgivable Sin: Suicide in Medieval Art

Predoctoral Dissertation Fellows

Predoctoral Fellows (in residence)

Caitlin Beach [Columbia University]
Wyeth Fellow, 2016 – 2018
Sculpture, Slavery, and Commerce in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World

Magdalene Breidenthal [Yale University]
Paul Mellon Fellow, 2015 – 2018
Leaving "Heaven on Earth": The Visual Codes of Middle Byzantine Church Exits

Allison Caplan [Tulane University]
Ittleson Fellow, 2016 – 2018
Their Flickering Creations: Value, Appearance, and Surface in Nahua Precious Art

Grace Chuang [New York University]
Samuel H. Kress Fellow, 2016 – 2018
The Furniture of Bernard II Vanrisamburgh, Master Cabinetmaker in Eighteenth-Century Paris

Catherine Damman [Columbia University]
Twenty-Four-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2016 – 2018
Unreliable Narrators: Laurie Anderson, Julia Heyward, and Jill Kroesen Perform the 1970s

María Lumbreras [Johns Hopkins University]
David E. Finley Fellow, 2015 – 2018
Likeness and Certainty: The Making of Artistic Knowledge in Golden Age Spain

Fatima Quraishi [New York University]
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, 2016 – 2018
Necropolis as Palimpsest: The Cemetery of Makli in Sindh, Pakistan (c. 1350 – 1650)

Predoctoral Fellows (not in residence)

Ravinder S. Binning [Stanford University]
Paul Mellon Fellow, 2016 – 2019
The Medieval Art of Fear: Christ Pantokrator after Iconoclasm

Rachel E. Boyd [Columbia University]
David E. Finley Fellow, 2017 2020
Experimentation and Specialization: The Glazed Terracotta Sculpture of the Della Robbia Workshop, c. 1430 – 1550

Ashley Dimmig [University of Michigan]
Ittleson Fellow, 2017 – 2019
Making Modernity in Fabric Architecture: Imperial Tents in the Late Ottoman Period

Michele L. Frederick [University of Delaware]
Samuel H. Kress Fellow, 2017 – 2019
Shaping the Royal Image: Gerrit van Honthorst and the Stuart Courts in London and The Hague

Ximena A. Gómez [University of Michigan]
Twenty-Four-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2017 – 2019
Nuestra Señora: Confraternal Art and Identity in Early Colonial Lima

Andrew P. Griebeler [University of California, Santa Barbara]
David E. Finley Fellow, 2016 – 2019
The Byzantine Illustrated Herbal and Its Use in the Transmission and Transformation of Botanical Knowledge, from Antiquity to the Modern Era

Annika K. Johnson [University of Pittsburgh]
Wyeth Fellow, 2017 – 2019
Agency at the Confluence of Euro-American and Eastern Dakota Art, 1835 – 1900

Suzanne van de Meerendonk [University of California, Santa Barbara]
Robert H. and Clarice Smith Fellow, 2017 – 2018
Public Displays of Affection: Negotiating Power and Identity in Ceremonial Receptions in Amsterdam, 1580 – 1660

James Pilgrim [Johns Hopkins University]
Paul Mellon Fellow, 2017 – 2020
Jacopo Bassano and the Ecology of Painting

Emma R. Silverman [University of California, Berkeley]
Twelve-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2017 – 2018
From Eyesore to Icon: The Watts Towers and Modernism in the Margins

Lauren Taylor [University of California, Los Angeles]
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, 2017 – 2019
The Art of Diplomacy in Dakar: The International Politics of Display at the 1966 Premier Festival Mondial des Arts Nègres

Ailsa Mellon Bruce Predoctoral Fellowships for Historians of American Art to Travel Abroad

Alba Campo Rosillo [University of Delaware]

Anne S. Cross [University of Delaware]

Matthew Limb [University of California, Santa Barbara]

Krystle Stricklin [University of Pittsburgh]