Claire Spadafora

Ph.D. Student
Italian Baroque Art and Architecture, 17th- and 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, with a focus on the relationship between early Grand Tour travel and development of taste.  Interested in the building of collections, especially collections of works on paper, her current research explores the relationship between the growth of collections and establishment of authority, with an emphasis on collections assembled through or inspired by Grand Tour travel to Italy.  She has held internships and fellowships with several collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Newberry Library, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, as well as a position at Christie’s.