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Art History, 2016-2018

  • 2015

Shawon Kinew received her PhD in the History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University in 2016. She was a Predoctoral Fellow in the Scholars Program at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles (2015-2016) and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation Institutional Fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte in Rome from 2013-2015.

Kinew's book project is called The Vision in Stone: Melchiorre Cafa in the World, 1636-1667. Her research on the Maltese sculptor Melchiorre Cafà explores how a sculptural softness cultivated in hard stone emerged as predominant aesthetic category in the seventeenth century. Through Cafà’s sculpture of the first saint of the Americas, Rose of Lima—carved in 1665 and sent to Peru in 1670—she explores the process by which a local Roman artistic discourse was adapted for a globalizing Catholic world.