Renata Nagy works on early modern northern European art. Her research is interdisciplinary across the fields of art history, material culture studies, the history of science, book history, and the history of collecting.
Her dissertation focuses on the intersections of natural history and art both inside and outside of the printed book. She considers how user interaction allowed objects of art across media to engage with the physicality, the materiality, and the visual strategies of the natural history book, and to transform into instruments of natural historical learning beyond the book. Nagy is looking to contextualize both the objects of her inquiry and their users in the larger global network of natural history in the seventeenth century. She is particularly interested in the cross-cultural relations and exchanges between Tokugawa Japan and the Dutch Republic, a topic on which she has presented and published. Her work has been supported by the Paul Mellon Centre in London, The Huntington Library, and the MacMillan Center, among others.
Nagy was a recent GPE Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney/Cushing Medical Library at Yale and curated an online exhibition titled “Natural Interactions in the Book as Art and Making Knowledge,” which will launch in August ’22 on the library’s website. She is also co-curating a Dutch art exhibition at the Yale University Art Gallery and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston opening in 2023.