Jason Di Resta, Ph.D

Academic Assistant

Jason Di Resta is a Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter in the department of Alessandro Nova at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz. He specializes in the history of early modern Italian art and architecture, with an emphasis on 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 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. Prior to coming to the Kunsthistorisches Institut, Di Resta was Visiting Assistant Professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art (2016-2018) at the University of Kansas.

  • Material Culture
  • Funerary art and death cults
  • Paleochristian revivals in the visual arts
  • Artistic migration and cultural exchange in early modern Europe
  • Style as performance 


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