Ekaterina Koposova

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Early Modern European Art

Ekaterina Koposova studies the political instrumentalization of art in early modern Europe, with an emphasis on theories and practices of allegory, and in particular on allegories of territorial control and sovereign authority. She graduated summa cum laude from Emory University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. Her Honors Thesis, Peter Paul Rubens’ Union of Earth and Water: Politics and the Allegory of Peace, explored how representations of water play a unique role in the allegories of power over territory. She received the prestigious Bobby Jones Scholarship to pursue a Master of Letters in Art History at the University of St. Andrews, which she completed in 2018. Her Master’s Thesis, Through Rivers Flows Power: The Political Use of Images of River Gods in Palatial Decoration under Louis XIV examined how river deities bodied forth claims about contested territory and domestic sovereignty in early modern France. Ekaterina was born in Saint Petersburg and spent much of her adolescence in Paris and Helsinki, before moving to the United States.