Jonathan Tavares’ research focuses on Medieval and early modern decorative arts and material culture with a specialization in arms and armor. Other topics of interest include the cultural history of collecting from the sixteenth- through to the nineteenth century, the history of interiors and furniture, early modern costume and fashion, print culture and design, and antiquarian culture in the gothic revival. Since 2013, Tavares has worked at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he is Associate Curator of arms, armor and European decorative arts before 1700. In March 2017 he opened the new Deering Family Galleries for Medieval and Renaissance Art, Arms, and Armor at the Art Institute. He received his PhD from the Bard Graduate Center for Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture.