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hannah.j.friedman@colorado.edu

B.A. Modern Languages and Literatures, Kenyon College, 2003
M.A. History of Art, Williams College, 2008
Ph.D. History of Art, Johns Hopkins University, 2016

Hannah Friedman

Visiting Assistant Professor, Art History Early Modern European Art

I am a specialist in European art of the early modern period (1300-1700), with a focus on painting and works on paper produced in Spain and Italy during the 16th and 17th centuries. Prior to joining the faculty at CU Boulder, I have taught courses in the history of art at the Johns Hopkins University and at Oberlin College.
 
My current research centers on the Spanish artist Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652), a Valencian-born painter, draftsman, and etcher who spent most of his career in Naples. Working on Ribera has made me especially interested in the question of connoisseurship as a historical practice as well as an art-historical method. My research on Ribera was supported by a Paul Mellon predoctoral fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts in Washington, D.C., which enabled me to conduct research in Madrid, Naples, and Rome. I am currently at work on a book manuscript with the provisional title “Ribera and the Art of Judgment,” which examines Ribera’s creative participation in a spoken culture of connoisseurship and civil conversation. 
 
My other areas of interest include practices of display and collecting, the intersection between art and the production of knowledge, dissimulation and court culture, academies and artistic training, early modern theories and practices of copying and imitation, the uses of art as an instrument of political resistance, and shifts in the prerogatives of images as they become objects of global exchange.

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