Christine Zappella Papanastassiou


Art historians assume that early-modern people responded to color the same way we do, but how do we know? Challenging that accepted narrative, Christine’s dissertation, "Monochrome Painting and the Corpo della Compagnia in Andrea del Sarto’s Cloister of the Scalzo," analyzes Andrea del Sarto’s monochrome painted cloister of the Brotherhood of St. John the Baptist--an important flagellant religious group dedicated to Florence’s patron saint--from the embodied standpoint of its artist-members. It argues that, in early-modernity, color-perception was a hermeneutic for understanding the body and its place in intersecting social groups. Christine has held fellowships and internships on the curatorial teams of many renowned museums, including the National Gallery of Art (Washington), the Frick Collection, the Art Institute of Chicago, and, most recently, the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin. Christine 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 (Math Concentration). She has presented her research at national and international conferences and colloquiums and served as Instructor of Record for multiple courses at Uchicago.

For six years, as a New York City Teaching Fellow, Christine was privileged to teach in one of the country’s most underserved student populations as an 8th-grade public school math teacher. As a member of the Emerging Scholars Committee of the Italian Art Society, she has advocated for diversity in the field by spearheading the Antiracism and Intersectionality initiative and its ongoing digital events series. Her public scholarship, which addresses Early Modern as well as Contemporary topics, is widely available on the web. Christine’s first article, “The Implicating Gaze in Bronzino’s Cosimo I de’ Medici as Orpheus and the Intellectual Culture of the Accademia Fiorentina,” was published in the Spring 2021 edition of Studies in Iconography.