Congratulations to recent graduate Carolina Alarcon (PhD ’18), who will join the Department of Art History at University of Wisconsin-Madison as Visiting Assistant Professor of Early Modern Art. She defended her dissertation “Materia Medica: Anatomical Illustrations in Early Modern Spain” in April.
Carolina’s research investigates the art of anatomy in sixteenth-century Spain, and connects illustrated anatomical literature to the broader history of natural science and medical knowledge during the Renaissance. Her dissertation examined anatomical publications and images generated by practicing physicians and theorists of Spanish origin whose contributions have languished in the shadow of Andreas Vesalius’s anatomical atlas De humani corporis fabrica. She demonstrated the contributions these prints made to early modern globalism.
Carolina has presented her research at The Renaissance Society of America annual conference in New Orleans, The Association of Art Historians annual conference at Edinburgh University, and the Scientiae conference at the University of Padua. She has also organized two symposia exploring the intersections between art and science in the early modern world for the Lopez Piñero Institute for the History of Science and Medicine at the University of Valencia in 2016 and 2017, where she had been a Fulbright Research Fellow the previous academic year.