History of Art and Architecture

Rebecca Lowery


Rebecca studies Italian painting from the Early Modern period. Her current research explores female patronage at the court in the 17th century, from the perspective of both patron and artist. She is particularly interested in self-portraiture at the court, specifically in how the culture of gift giving that characterized this sphere (as an economic phenomenon with social consequences) supported the production of such images and asserted transnational networks. Rebecca’s broader research interests relate to her desire to understand the historical conditions which led an artist to produce a work of art and include the history of collecting and collections, patronage studies, and the historiography of the discipline.

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 a Collections Intern with the University Museums Department of Research & Collections. She has also done archeological research 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, 2022
       Thesis: A Statement of Self as Court Artist, Artemisia Gentileschi’s La Pittura
       Advisor: Dr. Tanja Jones

B.A., University of Alabama, Art History, 2021
       Minors in Italian and Anthropology

Selected Presentations

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

“A Display of Race: Portrait Types of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition,” SECAC, Lexington, KY, postponed.

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