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Nina Dubin

Circle Associate Professor of European Art Since 1660

Director of Undergraduate Studies


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Nina Dubin is an associate professor in the Department of Art History and an affiliated faculty member in the Department of French and Francophone Studies. A specialist in European art since 1660, she has written broadly on the production of art within an early modern culture of risk. Her first book, Futures & Ruins: Eighteenth-Century Paris and the Art of Hubert Robert (Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, 2010, 2012), examines the eighteenth-century cult of ruins as an expression of a new consciousness of time, one shaped by the contingencies and uncertainties of economic life. Extending her interest in the participation of art and aesthetics in the growth of the eighteenth century’s credit economy, her current book project (provisionally titled Erotic Economy: Love, Trust and Risk in Modern French Art) examines the overlap between economic and romantic trust as registered in such objects as caricatures of the 1720 financial disaster known as the Mississippi Bubble and French love letter pictures. Her research has been supported by institutions including the Getty Research Institute, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art (where she was a Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow in 2013-2014), the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (where she was a Florence Gould Foundation Fellow in 2017), and Williams College, where she served as the Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program of Art History in 2018.

Selected Publications

Futures & Ruins: Eighteenth-Century Paris and the Art of Hubert Robert (Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, 2010; 2013). [Publishers website]

“Man of Numbers,” in Frederick Ilchman, Thomas Michie, C. D. Dickerson III, and Esther Bell, eds., Casanova: The Seduction of Europe, exh. cat. (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts; Fort Worth: The Kimbell Art Museum; San Francisco: Fine Arts Museums, 2017), 238-253.

“The Catiline Conspiracy and the Credibility of Letters in French Revolutionary Art,” in Gesine Manuwald, ed., The Afterlife of Cicero (London: The Institute of Classical Studies, 2016): 177-198. [PDF]

Meltdown! Picturing the World’s First Bubble Economy (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols/Harvey Miller, 2020)


PhD, University of California, Berkeley, History of Art
MA, University of California, Berkeley, History of Art
BA, Columbia College, Columbia University, Art History and Archaeology

Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits

"Fortune and Folly in 1720," The New York Public Library, September 23, 2022-February 19, 2023