History of Art and Architecture

Rebecca Lowery


Rebecca Lowery studies Italian painting from the Early Modern period with a focus on patronage within the court environment during the 16th and 17th centuries. Her current research positions a series of Northern Italian feather paintings as the product of a complex interplay between local and global artistic traditions. She is concerned more generally with questions of artistic geography, materiality, and gender. 

Rebecca began her graduate studies in History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh in 2022. She was previously involved with the Global Makers database which catalogs female artists working at court between 1400-1750 in Europe and East Asia. During her time at the University of Alabama, Rebecca was an Intern with the University Museums Department of Research & Collections. She has also done archeological conservation through the Center for Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies in Florence, Italy.

Education Details

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

M.A., University of Alabama, Art History
Thesis: A Statement of Self as Court Artist, Artemisia Gentileschi’s La Pittura
Advisor: Dr. Tanja Jones

B.A., University of Alabama, Art History
Minors in Italian and Anthropology


Selected Presentations

“Economic Morality in the Middle Ages: The Parable of Lazarus and Dives at Moissac,” Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, March 2023.

“A Statement of Self as Court Artist, Artemisia Gentileschi’s La Pittura,” Newberry Library Multidisciplinary Graduate Conference, Chicago, IL, January 2023. 

“Female Patronage at the Stuart Court: Henrietta Maria and Orazio Gentileschi,” UA/UAB 27th Symposium in Art History, Birmingham, AL, March 2022.

“The Court, the Fork, and the Question of Etiquette,” International Conference on Food Studies, London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, online, August 2021.