Jacob specializes in early modern Italian art, with a focus on painting and visual culture. His recent work has examined the relationship of textiles, their depiction in paintings, and sumptuary laws in fourteenth and fifteenth century Northern Italy. His research interests include materiality, the politics of urban space, reception, and cultural contact between Italy and the larger Mediterranean.
Newberry Renaissance Consortium Grant, Chicago, IL, 2017
“Sumptuous Subterfuge: The Shifting Role of Velvets in Early Modern Florentine Painting,” presented at the Bryn Mawr College Graduate Symposium, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. November 2017.