Dr. Jason Di Resta

Postdoctoral Fellow

Jason Di Resta specializes in the history of early modern Italian art and architecture as well as the graphic arts of Germany and the Netherlands. His research frequently addresses the mechanisms of artistic transmission, material agency, and the role that style plays in strategies of self-differentiation and community formation. His work also considers the importance of image theory, local religious practices, and the beholder's participation in the generation of an object's meanings within specific contexts of use. He obtained his MA (2005) from Syracuse University and his PhD (2015) from the Johns Hopkins University. He was the recipient of the Samuel H. Kress Predoctoral Fellowship (2010–2012) at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts and has served as research associate for both CASVA and the Italian Paintings Department at the National Gallery of Art (Washington). Prior to coming to the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Di Resta was Visiting Assistant Professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art (2016–2018) in the Kress Foundation Department of Art History at the University of Kansas.

  • Christian materiality
  • Cultural exchange in early modern Europe
  • Style as social performance
  • Funerary Art and the Cult of the Dead


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