Visiting Assistant Professional Specialist, Italian Renaissance Art
152B Decio Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
PhD, Rutgers University, Art History, 2016
Dissertation: “The Materiality of Luca della Robbia’s Glazed Terracotta Sculptures”
MA, Rutgers University, 2012
BA, Washington University in St. Louis, Art History and Archaeology, 2007
Catherine Kupiec specializes in Italian art of the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries, with a focus on sculpture and its materials. Her current book project examines the novel medium of glazed terracotta sculpture developed by the Florentine artist Luca della Robbia in the 1430s. Interested in the qualities of color, light, and space in sculpture, as well as the relationship between artistic practice and knowledge as embodied in recipe books and treatises, her recent research has involved hands-on work with clay modeling, glazing, and firing.
Before coming to Notre Dame, Catherine was a visiting professor at the Pennsylvania State University and taught art history and writing courses at Rutgers University. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Florence and in 2015 contributed to research for the first major Della Robbia exhibition in the United States, “Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence” (Boston and Washington, D.C., 2016-2017). Her essay on the relationship between light and glazed sculpture will appear in an upcoming edited volume.