Christine Zappella Papanastassiou


As the Blanton Fellow of European Art at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, Christine cares for and researches the permanent collection, which includes the world-class Suida-Manning collection of European painting and sculpture, and is curating two forthcoming special exhibitions of early-modern French and Spanish art. A specialist in sixteenth-century Florentine painting, her dissertation, "Monochrome Painting and the Construction of the Renaissance Self: Andrea del Sarto in the Scalzo," examines the ways in which early-modern viewers experienced monochromatic artworks in situ to argue that monochromy was a critical representational tool that helped create individual and group identity in Renaissance Florence. A student of Charles Cohen, 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 is a former Mellon Curatorial Research Fellow at the Art Institute of Chicago and has also held fellowships and internships 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, and the New York office of Save Venice, Inc. Christine’s research interests, which inform her curatorial practice, include the phenomenology of art viewership, color theory, and—methodologically—queer as well as technical Art History.