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Grace Harpster

Art History: incoming faculty, 2019    ,

Specialty: Grace Harpster: Early modern Italian art; Southern Europe and the Catholic missions

Biography: Grace Harpster joins the faculty of the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design from New York, where she held the Mellon postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University after completing her doctorate at UC Berkeley in 2018. Her research focuses on the art of early modern Italy and the Catholic missions. Her first major project follows the pilgrimages of cardinal-archbishop Carlo Borromeo (1538-84), examining his interactions with sacred images to incorporate ‘practice’ into our understanding of how art and reform interrelate in the post-Tridentine era. In addition to other forthcoming works, she has published on how color theories affected both the conception of black African salvation in the early Jesuit missions and its representation in printed and painted media. Other interests include the history of restoration, early modern understandings of medium and material, and anthropological interventions into art history.