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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 Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, John Carter Brown Library, Casa de Velázquez and Villa I Tatti. His research examines the tensions that arose at the intersection of portraiture and religious imagery, and of orthodox and popular forms of making and engaging with visual culture. Jasienski is currently working on a book manuscript, provisionally titled Sanctity and Portraiture in the Early Modern Hispanic World, which draws on a number of inquisitorial trials about images from Spain and colonial Mexico and Guatemala. Jasienski enjoys exploring the Metroplex’s stellar resources for the study of early modern art and culture.


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


Portraiture and identity; art in legal proceedings; distortion and imperfection in religious art; and the tension between official and unofficial forms of interacting with images.


Early modern art in southern and East-Central Europe and colonial Latin America.


“Francisco de Zurbarán: Der heilige Hieronymus mit der heiligen Paula und Eustochium,” [Saint Jerome with Saints Paula and Eustochium] in Zurbarán (exhibition catalogue), ed. Mar Borobía, Odile Delenda, Beat Wismer (Munich: Hirmer Verlag, 2015), trans. Martina Dervis, 164-65.

“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.

“Life of an Object: 1943.1082.” Index Magazine, Harvard University Art Museums, October 9, 2013. Accessed on June 22, 2014.

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