Melisa Palermo

Ph.D. Candidate
Early Modern Southern European Art
Dissertation Title: 
Cor ad cor loquitur, Burning Hearts and the Iconography of Divine Charity
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Melisa received her BA in Liberal Arts with concentrations in Art History and Theology at the University of St. Thomas (Houston), and MA’s from the University of Texas at San Antonio and Rice University. Melisa’s primary interest is the relationship between Baroque sacred art and theology, spirituality, and mysticism. Her dissertation is about the iconography of divine charity as represented by a burning heart and heart-bearing saints and how this related to the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Melisa has also written several articles for the SmartHistory.