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Adam Jasienski

Assistant Professor of Art History

Adam Jasienski received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, specializing in 16th- and 17th-century visual culture, particularly in Spain and Latin America. He has received fellowships from the Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art at Durham University, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, John Carter Brown Library, Casa de Velázquez, and Villa I Tatti. His research examines the intersections of portraiture and religious imagery in the early modern Hispanic world (ca. 1500–1750). He is also interested in the tensions between orthodox and “popular” forms of making and engaging with art. Jasienski is currently working on a book manuscript, provisionally titled Praying to Portraits: Likeness and the Crisis of Sacred Art in the Early Modern Hispanic World, which examines a number of trials conducted by the Holy Office of the Inquisition about images from Spain and colonial Mexico and Guatemala.


Ph.D., M.A., and B.A., History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University.


Portraiture and identity; art and the law; sacred art; art and anthropology; censorship.


Spanish and colonial Latin American art in a global perspective.


Adam Jasienski, “Converting Portraits: Repainting as Art Making in the Early Modern Hispanic World,” The Art Bulletin, 102, 1 (March 2020): 7-30.

 “A Savage Magnificence: Ottomanizing Fashion and the Politics of Display in Early Modern East-Central Europe,” Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World 31 (2014): 173-205. Awarded the 2015 Emerging Scholars Publication Prize from the Historians of German and Central European Art (HGCEA), an affiliated society of the College Art Association.

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