Claire Spadafora

Ph.D. Student
Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture, 17th-18th Century English Art and Architecture, Early Modern Prints and Drawings, History of Collecting
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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 17th and early 18th century. Interested in developments in style and taste, travel and the building of collections, and original documents, her current research explores the art and travel of 18th-century English artist William Kent in Italy. 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 and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She is the 2017-18 William A. Camfield Fellow in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.