Jonathan Tavares

Biography

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.

Publications

"Medieval Arms and Armor at the Art Institute of Chicago," in Acta Militaria Mediaevalia (Tome XIV, forthcoming 2019)

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"Hunting Erotica: Print Culture and a Seventeenth-Century Rifle in the Collection of the Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt," in Prints in Translation, 1450-1750: Image, Materiality, Space, ed. Suzanne Karr Schmidt and Edward H. Wouk (New York: Routledge, 2017)

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"Elements of an Augsburg Armor Garniture for a Spanish Client," in The Armorer's Art: Essays in Honor of Stuart Pyhrr, ed. Donald J. La Rocca (Woonsocket, Rhode Island: Mowbray Publishing, 2014)

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"The Morion: An Introduction to its Development, Form, and Function," in The Bulletin of The American Society of Arms Collectors, no. 105 (June 2012)

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Profiles

Charles Cohen
Charles Cohen
Italian Renaissance and Mannerist Art
CWAC 258
773.702.0619
Potters Wheel
Richard Neer
Ancient Greek Art and Architecture
CWAC 259
773.702.5890
Andrei Pop
Andrei Pop
Modern Art and Aesthetics
1130 East 59th Street
773.702.8410
Megan Sullivan
Megan Sullivan
Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art
CWAC 272
773.702.5126
Lisa Zaher
Lisa Zaher
Modern and Contemporary Art
2013-14
University of Chicago
Conservation Research Fellow