Grace Harpster


Grace Harpster (PhD 2018) is assistant professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta. She studies the relationship between art and Catholic reform in early modern Italy and its wider missionary networks. Her first major project follows the pilgrimages of cardinal-archbishop Carlo Borromeo (1538-84), examining his interactions with religious art and objects to incorporate ‘practice’ into our understanding of sacred images after the Council of Trent. In addition to other forthcoming works, she has published on how color theories affected both the conception of black African salvation in the early Jesuit missions and its representation in printed and painted media. Other interests include the history of restoration, early modern understandings of medium and material, and anthropological interventions into art history.