Claire N. Ptaschinski | History of Art and Architecture | University of Pittsburgh
History of Art and Architecture

Claire N. Ptaschinski


Claire began her graduate studies in the History of Art and Architecture at Pitt in 2019 after spending seven years working in a variety of environments—museum education, gallery administration, higher-ed publishing, and academic administration. Most recently, she worked in the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library in Chicago where she had the opportunity, among other things, to contribute to the development of a new Italian Paleography website, a digital resource for the study of the Newberry’s hybrid version of Georg Rem’s Emblemata Politica, and a print catalogue published by Northwestern University Press for the Spring 2020 exhibition, “Renaissance Invention: Stradanus’s ‘Nova Reperta.’”

Claire’s research interests have to do with the role of Early Modern metaphysical theory in shaping a connection between meaning and materiality in the creation of 16th- and 17th-century Blessed Sacrament chapels and altars, especially in Rome. She is interested in the motivations which led to the commissioning of these works and the artistic process of design, in addition to the formal qualities of preparatory works, of the final artworks, and of the space they occupy. Currently, she is working to develop a dissertation project related to the interest of the Beati Moderni and other Counter-Reformation era personalities in early-Christian archeology.

Education Details

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, History of Art and Architecture, in progress

M.A., Texas Christian University, Art History, 2013 Thesis: “Edward Burne-Jones, G.E. Street, and the American Church in Rome: Revivalism, Religion, and Identity”

B.A., University of Dallas, History, 2011 Thesis: “Bernard Berenson and the American Expatriate Tradition”

Selected Publications

“Vannoccio Biringucci, De la pirotechnia,” “Georg Agricola, De re metallica,” “Johannes Stradanus, Passio, mors, et resurrectio Dn. Nostri Iesv Christi,” “Tommaso Campanella, Civitas Solis,” and “Lucretius, De rerum natura,” in Renaissance Invention: Stradanus’s Nova Reperta, edited by Lia Markey. Chicago: Northwestern University Press, Forthcoming.

“The Curious Collection of George Hubbard Clapp,” in The Curious Drawings of Dr. Clapp, edited by Christopher Nygren and Alex J. Taylor. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh, 2019.