Sarah Rapoport

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19th-Century British Art

Sarah Rapoport studies nineteenth-century European art and visual culture, with a focus on Britain and France. Her primary interests include the language of art criticism, questions of materiality, and the various intersections of social politics, emerging scientific and technological knowledge, and art in the nineteenth century.

Sarah received her B.A. with highest honors in Art and Archaeology from Princeton University, where she was awarded the Stella and Rensselaer W. Lee Prize for her thesis, titled “Surface Anxieties: Vulgarity in the London Paintings of James Tissot.” She has held internships at The Frick and The Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as at the Princeton University Art Museum and the Huntington Art Collection, where she curated the installations “The Art of Forgiveness: Visualizing the Prodigal Son Parable” and “Italian Light on English Walls: Artists and the Grand Tour in Italy,” respectively. Prior to joining the doctoral program at Yale, she served as the Louise Bourgeois 12-Month Intern in Drawings and Prints at the Museum of Modern Art, where she assisted with the exhibitions Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern and Engineer, Agitator, Constructor: The Artist Reinvented.