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Claire Spadafora

MA, 2015: Early Modern European Art


Claire Spadafora received a bachelor’s degree in the history of art from Washington and Lee University, and completed a master’s degree in the history of art from the University of Illinois, Chicago.  Research for her master’s thesis centered on the movement of ideas and objects from Italy to England during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.  She is currently working on her doctorate in the history of art at Rice University.  Her research considers developments in style and taste, travel, and the building of collections during the early modern period, and her writing has been published in Notes on Early Modern Art.  She has held curatorial internships and fellowships at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Newberry Library, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, as well as a position at Christie’s.  Her fellowships at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston have been supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Rice University Department of Art History.

Selected Publications

“Rome’s First Guida Popolare: Giuseppe Vasi’s Itinerario Istruttivo,” Notes on Early Modern Art 4, no. 2 (2017)