|Research Area: Northern Renaissance Art
Advisor: Dr. Stephanie Leitch
Dissertation Title: “All’antica Augsburg: Picturing German Antiquity in the Age of Print”
Rachel Masters Carlisle is a doctoral candidate with specialization in northern European art (c. 1400—1600). Her research and teaching are object-driven with an emphasis on understanding the making, meaning, and function of works of art based on their physical properties. Rachel’s dissertation tracks the generation of an all’antica style informed both by transalpine exchange and local traces of antiquity in early sixteenth-century Augsburg.
Rachel is currently in residence at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel as Rolf und Ursula Schneider-Stiftung Doctoral Fellow.
Rachel graduated with a Master of Arts degree in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2014, earning a distinction for her thesis examining the production of Netherlandish silver-stained roundels in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. She conducted research for her doctoral dissertation in Augsburg and Munich as a Fulbright Fellow to Germany (2020-21) and has held a departmental Patricia Rose Teaching Fellowship (2017-20), FSU International Programs Florence Teaching Fellowship (Summer 2018), and Kress Language School Fellowship to study German at Middlebury Language Schools (Summer 2019). A Renaissance Society of America Virtual 2021 Grant, Newberry Renaissance Consortium Grants, Helen J. Beard Conference Travel Grants, and Congress of Graduate Students Conference Presentation Support Grants have funded the presentation of her research at national and international venues. Rachel currently serves as a member of the Renaissance Society of America’s Graduate Student Advisory Committee.