Adam Jasienski

Art History

Assistant Professor of Art History
Director of Graduate Studies




Director of Graduate Studies

Adam Jasienski is a specialist in 16th- and 17th-century visual culture, particularly in Spain and Latin America. He works closely with the collections of the Meadows Museum, frequently teaching in its galleries. His book manuscript, provisionally titled Praying to Portraits: Audience, Identity, and the Inquisition in the Early Modern Hispanic World, examines the intersections of portraiture and religious imagery in the early modern Hispanic world (ca. 1500–1700) and is under contract with Penn State University Press. 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.

He looks forward to working with MA and PhD students interested in early modern Spanish and Latin American visual culture.

He serves as the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Art History.


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

Recent Work

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

Praying to Portraits: Audience, Identity, and the Inquisition in the Early Modern Hispanic World, book manuscript under contract, Penn State University Press, forthcoming 2022.

  • Awarded the Lila Acheson Wallace-Reader’s Digest Publications Subsidy from Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.

“Disgust and the Sacred Image in Early Modernity,” in Sacrifice and Conversion in the Early Modern Atlantic World, ed. Maria Berbara. Florence, Milan: I Tatti Research Series, Officina Libraria, 2021, forthcoming.

“Velázquez and the Fragile Portrait of the King,” Art History 44, 5 (November 2021): 1-26.

“Francisco Pacheco y una anunciada intervención de Fernando III el santo: Un testimonio sobre el Libro de retratos,” Archivo Español de Arte 93, 372 (October-December 2020): 409-416.

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

  • Awarded the 2021 Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize from the College Art Association.
  • Honorable Mention, 2021 Early Career Best Article Prize, Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies.

 “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.

Course list

The Global Baroque  
El Greco to Goya? Spanish Hispanic Painting Visual Culture of the (so-called) Golden Age  
Power and Spectacle: The Arts of the Early Modern Hispanic World  
Portraiture and Selfhood  
 Seminar on Spanish Art  
Seminar on Early Modern Art  

Future offerings:

Meadows Museum Spotlight: Art History One Object at a Time  
Visual Culture in Colonial Mexico  

Adam Jasienski