Erin Daly is a PhD candidate in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European art. She is writing her dissertation on the art of Gustave Moreau (1826-1898). She received her BA in Art History and Classics from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, an MA in Art History from the University of Notre Dame, and an MA in Classics from the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on reception studies—how Moreau received, conveyed, and constructed knowledge about the early modern and ancient past in his paintings and drawings. Erin is interested in exploring this work against the backdrop of excavations, collections, and displays of ancient Greek and Near Eastern objects in Paris during the late nineteenth century.
She has interned at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, the Snite Museum of Art, the Smart Museum of Art, and the Oriental Institute. At the Oriental Institute, she was part of an ongoing research project, the Persepolis Fortification Archive Project. Specializing in Achaemenid glyptic iconography, Erin has assisted in cataloging projects and the creation of scaled line drawings of stamp and cylinder seals. Her secondary research interests include the legacy of Greco-Roman antiquity and the ancient art and material culture of Greece and the Near East.