Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History
- Ph.D.and M.A. in art history (Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey)
- B.A. in art history and archaeology (Washington University in St. Louis)
Catherine Kupiec specializes in Italian art of the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries, with a focus on sculpture and its materials. Her current research examines the novel medium of glazed terracotta sculpture that was developed in the 1430s by the Florentine artist Luca della Robbia and subsequently produced in the Della Robbia family workshop for roughly a century. At the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Catherine recently contributed to research for the first major exhibition of Della Robbia sculpture in the United States, “Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence,” which will travel to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. (2016-2017). She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Italy, where she was hosted by the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, and an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Summer Study Grant. Catherine is the author of a forthcoming essay on Luca della Robbia’s treatment of space in his glazed terracotta reliefs and the co-editor of Volume 27 of the Rutgers Art Review. She has presented research on monochromy and the surface qualities of sculpture at the 2015 and 2016 annual conferences of the Renaissance Society of America.