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DI CROCE Alessandra, Prof.

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Prof. Alessandra Di Croce teaches Western Art History in the Department of Visual Studies at Lingnan University. She was trained as an art historian at La Sapienza University in Rome and Columbia University in New York, where she earned her Ph.D. She specializes in European art from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century with a major focus on Italian art. Before joining Lingnan University, she was Lecturer in Art History at Columbia University and Research Fellow at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America in New York. She has also taught several courses in Western art history at NYU School for Professional Studies and Parsons School of Art and Design in New York, and seminars on Latin paleography at the Frick Art Reference Library. From 2015 to 2018, Alessandra collaborated as Research Assistant with the Frick Collection. Before moving to New York, she worked at the Superintendence for the Artistic Patrimony in Rome where she was involved in many curatorial projects, including large-scale exhibitions and cataloguing campaigns.

Prof. Di Croce works in the area of early-modern visual and material culture, investigating how artifacts and art objects can help addressing historical questions regarding ideology, power, cultural and religious identity. She has published in Italian journals and, more recently, in the edited volume Re-Thinking, re-Making, re-Living Christian Origins (Rome 2018). She is currently working on a book, entitled Fragments of Truth. Evidence and Imagination in post-Tridentine Representation of Christian Antiquity, about the elaboration of a new notion of the truth-value of history at a crucial conjuncture in early-modern European history, and how it was shaped by the debate on the Christian past and its material legacy. She is also completing two articles, Negotiating Truth in post-Tridentine Culture: Ars Historica, Rhetoric and Narrative Art in late Cinquecento Rome, and The Truth of the Catacombs. Christian Antiquarianism and Ecclesiastical History in post-Tridentine Rome. Prof. Di Croce has presented at conferences and has co-organized a two-day symposium at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies and the Frick Art Reference Library, partially funded by a grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Her second research project investigates how early-modern European antiquarians and artists contributed to the rise of an early form of global history, better suited to understand the unexpected broadening of the geographical horizon and the expanding of trade and knowledge exchanges, in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In recent months, she has been thinking about a long-term digital humanities project, whose goal is to provide a better understanding of the changes in the natural and cultural landscapes across the Mediterranean through the centuries.

Research interests

Medieval and early modern European art, Renaissance and Baroque art in Italy, visual and material culture in Europe in the age of reformation, antiquarianism in the West, visual culture and climate changes


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