Renata Nagy

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Fourth Year
Joint Studies: History of Art and Renaissance Studies

Renata Nagy works on the intersections of natural history and art history in early modern Europe. Her research explores the ways in which art historical methodologies can be applied to the studying of scientific illustrations—botanical and zoological images in particular—and also how works of art, specifically still-life paintings can be the sources of scientific knowledge production. In her most recent research Renata focuses on a copy of a series of insect and botanical engravings by the Netherlandish artist Joris Hoefnagel, and examines how these illustrations convey the understanding of various “biological” processes in the early 1600s before the birth of modern science. She is also interested in the history of collecting, and how to bring the collections of the art and the natural history museums into conversation. She has recently completed a curatorial practice program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Renata’s outside research interest lies in the art and science of  early modern Japan, and its cross cultural relations with Europe at the time. She recently published a study on a pair of nanban world map screens produced in Tokugawa Japan. Renata received her BA in Art History and French from the University of Central Florida.