Catherine Kupiec

Visiting Scholar, Italian Renaissance

Catherine Kupiec


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). She has published on the relationship between light and glazed sculpture, and on late nineteenth-century plaster casts of Luca della Robbia’s works in the United States.


B.A., Washington University in St. Louis, Art History and Archaeology, 2007
M.A., Rutgers University, 2012
Ph.D., Rutgers University, Art History, 2016 
Dissertation: “The Materiality of Luca della Robbia’s Glazed Terracotta Sculptures”


Office Address
115 Decio Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Mailing Address
306 Riley Hall of Art
Notre Dame, IN 46556

ph: 574.631.3772