Christine Zappella


By investigating the ability of monochromy to foment theoretical, theological, cultural, and political discourse, Christine's dissertation, "Monochrome Painting and the Construction of the Renaissance Self: Andrea del Sarto in the Scalzo," argues that the painting technique was a critical representational tool in the creation of the public and private identity in Renaissance Florence.  A student of Charles Cohen, Christine is a current Mellon Curatorial Research Fellow at the Art Institute of Chicago. She holds MAs in Art History from both the University of Chicago and CUNY Hunter College, as well as an MS in Teaching from Pace University.  She has interned in the Curatorial Department of the Frick Collection in New York City, the Old Master's Drawing Department of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, as well as the New York office of Save Venice, Inc., and has volunteered in the Education Department of the Guggenheim Museum of Art. Christine’s interests include Early-Modern Color Theory and Practice, anti-Medicean resistance in Renaissance Florence, and--methodologically--Queer as well as Technical Art History. 

Christine is also deeply concerned about  gender and racial equity within Art History and Italian Studies.  As such, she serves on both the university’s Advisory Committee for Diversity in the Humanities as well as on the Emerging Scholars Committee of the Italian Art Society.