Molly Bond, M.A.

Doctoral Fellow

Molly Bond is a PhD candidate at the University of California, Riverside. Her dissertation Spaces of Relief: Liminality and Centrality in Late Cinquecento Art Theory and Practice examines late sixteenth-century Italian relief sculpture through the prism of spatiality at a multitude of scales and across a series of physical, symbolic, and representational locations. As a primary case study, she considers the activity of a group of bronze casters operating in Recanati from c. 1560 to 1610, who developed a strong tradition of bronze relief sculpture in and around the Basilica della Santa Casa di Loreto. Her thesis is being supervised by Prof. Dr. Jeanette Kohl and she joins the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz as a doctoral fellow in Department Wolf. In recent years Molly has published conference and book reviews in Kunstchronik (2019) and sehepunkte (2021) and worked as a research and teaching assistant (2018-present) and associate instructor (2021, 2022) at the University of California, Riverside.

  • 15th- to 17th-century Italian sculpture and sculptural practice
  • Northern and Central Italian relief sculpture
  • Historiography of relief sculpture
  • Processes of exchange and cross-cultural transmission
  • Reception theory, paradigms of reception across time
  • Material/materiality-oriented methodologies 

>Spaces of Relief: Liminality and Centrality in Late Cinquecento Art Theory and Practice


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