Empires, Environments, Objects

Max-Planck Partner Group 2022-2027

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima – Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz

Dome of the Chapel of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Jesuit Church of La Compañía, Arequipa, Peru

The aim of this project is to explore the web of connections and conflicts among the visual and material cultures and its transformative power in diverse communities of people across the global territories under Spanish and Portuguese rule, with a particular focus on early modern Latin America and the Pacific Rim. The main actors of this research will be the Empire, in its political declinations and infrastructures; the Environment, in its diverse stable or mobile forms; and the Object, be it artistic, artisanal, or natural. As a group, thus, we not only seek to tell stories and travels of specific objects but also to reveal the entangled reasons that generated their dislocations, as well as how objects were transported; the ways in which they were transformed, manipulated, and packed throughout their displacements; the different meanings that they acquired; their impact on local visual and material cultures; and, finally, how objects might have transformed - or been transformed by - the environments in which they lived their peripatetic lives.




Fernando Loffredo | Principal Investigator

Fernando Loffredo is Assistant Professor of Early Modern Mediterranean and Colonial Visual Culture in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Visiting Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima. His primary research interests are trans-Mediterranean artistic relations, sculpture and the urban space, and the dialogues between art and poetry in the early modern world, with a particular focus on the territories under Spanish rule across the globe. He was the Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow 2015-2017 at CASVA (National Gallery of Art, Washington DC), and Harvard’s I Tatti/Museo Nacional del Prado Inaugural Fellow 2020-2021. Within the network of the Max-Planck Institutes, Professor Loffredo was the recipient of postdoctoral fellowships granted by the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz and the Bibliotheca Hertziana.





Cécile Michaud | Affiliated Faculty and Coordinator at the PUCP, Lima

Cécile Michaud is Associate Professor and Director of the MA in History of Art and Curatorial Studies at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima. Her research interests focus on the material and visual culture of the Viceroyalty of Peru between the 16th and 18th century, the correlation between text and image, and the relationship between religious literature (such as sermons, sacred poetry, and hagiography) and the work of art. She earned a PhD from the Université de Strasbroug (2003) with a dissertation subsequently published under the title Johann Heinrich Schönfeld. Un peintre allemand du XVII siècle en Italie (Munich: Martin Meidenbauer Verlag, 2006).  She is co-author or co-editor of the following books; De Amberes al Cusco: El grabado europeo como fuente del arte virreinal. Colección Barbosa Stern (Lima: Impulso Editorial, 2009); Escritura e imagen en Hispanoamérica. De la crónica ilustrada al cómic (Lima: Fondo Editorial PUCP, 2015); Arte antes de la historia. Para una historia del arte andino antiguo (Lima, Fondo Editorial PUCP, 2020). Professor Michaud was the recipient of a DAAD doctoral fellowship (1999-2000, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität) and KAAD Postdoctoral Fellowship (Kunsthistorisches Institut, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, 2017).




Andrea Giuliana Tejada Farfán | Affiliated Research Assistant and Doctoral Student, PUCP  

Andrea Giuliana Tejada Farfán earned an MA in History of Art and Curatorial Studies at the PUCP and is currently a PhD student in History at the same university. Her reserach focuses on Viceregal Art in Peru, with a particular interest in the Jesuit Italian painter Bernardo Bitti and his workshop in the context of Andean visual culture. She was an international student at the Universidad Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, and she got grants Fundación Carl y Marilynn Thoma and the PUCP. She also teaches at the Facultad de Educación y Humanidades at the Universidad Católica Sedes Sapientiae, Lima.






Patricia Carolina Mendoza Mori | Affiliated Administrative Assistant and MA Student, PUCP

Patricia Carolina Mendoza Mori is a graduate student of the MA in History of Art and Curatorial Studies at the PUCP. She earned a degree in Philosophy at the Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya (UARM), and she has an extensive experience as academic coordinator and administrative assistant at the PUCP. Her research interests are related to contemporary art, education, and gender studies. She is currently working on a MA thesis about the Peruvian artist and activist Claudia Coca, with a particular focus on themes of mestizaje, decolonial discourse, and feminism.







Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima


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