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 centuries. Interested in developments in style and taste, travel, and the building of collections, she is currently working on a project concerning the art and travel of 18th-century English artist William Kent in Italy. Her dissertation explores early modern collections of Italian drawings, taking as its central focus their construction, viewing by English and Dutch audiences, and reproduction in print. 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, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Blanton Museum of Art, as well as a position at Christie’s. Her fellowships have been supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the International Fine Print Dealers Association, and the Rice University Department of Art History. She is the 2019-20 Jameson Fellow in American Decorative Art at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens.