Caterina Franciosi studies nineteenth-century British art, with a focus on Aesthetic Movement Art and late Victorian visual culture. Her research questions focus on the intersection between the history of science, ecology, and nineteenth-century visual culture of the environment and the Earth in transatlantic and colonial contexts. At Yale, she hopes to explore visual negotiations of the material, temporal, and affective disturbances of the Victorian Anthropocene across artistic media and genres.
Her MA dissertation at the Courtauld Institute of Art, which was awarded the 2019 Courtauld Prize for an Outstanding Dissertation, employed an ecocritical approach to identify the impact of geophysical histories of the Earth and the universe on the formal aspects and narrative constructions of Edward Burne-Jones’s art. She received a BA in Art History from John Cabot University, Rome, where she wrote her thesis on pictorial performativity and the construction of female artistic identity in the work of Gilded Age portraitist Cecilia Beaux.