Claire Spadafora Baes

Dissertation Title: "The Early Work of 'Raphael secundus': William Kent in Italy and England, 1709-1724"

Advisor: Manca, Joseph P.

Claire Spadafora Baes 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. Interested in developments in style and taste, travel, and the building of collections, her dissertation considers the training, collecting, and artistic production of 18th-century English artist William Kent in Italy. She has held curatorial internships and fellowships at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Newberry Library, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Blanton Museum of Art, as well as a position at Christie’s; her curatorial interests concern prints and drawings. She has served as an instructor for a Rice University course on the topic of museums and cultural heritage. Her research and fellowships have been supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the International Fine Print Dealers Association, the Jameson family, the Brown Foundation, and the Rice University Department of Art History.

Major & Minor Specializations

Major: History of Collecting, 16th-18th Century Europe

Minor: Prints & Drawings


2020 International Fine Print Dealer’s Association Curatorial Fellowship, Department of Prints and Drawings, Blanton Museum of Art

2019 Brown Foundation Dissertation Research Award


"Rome's First Guida Popolare: Giuseppe Vasi's Itinerario Istruttivo." Notes on Early Modern Art 4, no. 2 (2017)

“Remarks by way of Painting & Architecture’: William Kent’s Italian Travel Journal,” Volume of the Walpole Society LXXXIII (Forthcoming, 2021).

Curriculum Vitae