Anabelle Gambert-Jouan specializes in Spanish and Italian medieval wood sculpture with an emphasis on materiality, sacred space, and community.
Anabelle received her B.A. from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and her Master’s degree with distinction from the University of Oxford. At Yale, she studies the processes governing artistic exchange in Southern Europe. In her dissertation, she explores the production and reception of polychrome wood sculptures of the Descent from the Cross in Castile, Catalonia and Central Italy between 1150 and 1300, and their rediscovery by modern scholars. A question that drives her graduate work is understanding how medieval art was used to define competing Spanish and Catalan national identities in the early twentieth century. In addition to her work on the European Middle Ages, she is interested in the global histories of early modern Japan in relation to Europe and the Americas.
Anabelle has held curatorial and research positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Courtauld Institute of Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the World Monuments Fund.