Nicole Boyd

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Italian Baroque Art

Nicole Boyd studies seventeenth-century European visual culture, with a focus on Italian painting and art theory. She received her BA in Art History and Italian Studies from Wesleyan University, and has held internships at museums including the Frick Collection and the Center for Italian Modern Art. She wrote her undergraduate thesis on the northern Italian painter Guido Cagnacci (1601-63). The project, titled “Genio Bizzarro: Guido Cagnacci and the Refashioning of Painterly Identity in Seicento Italy,” was partially supported by the John T. Paoletti Travel Research Fellowship, and was awarded “High Honors” by Wesleyan’s Art History faculty. 

 Nicole still writes on Cagnacci frequently. More broadly, she is interested in concepts of style (especially naturalism) in seventeenth-century art theory; the dynamics of early modern painters’ studios; artistic practice; and notions of theatricality and performativity in pictorial representation. Her research often centers on painters and paintings marginalized by the “Baroque” canon.