Heather Thorpe

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Heather Thorpe
Graduate Student

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Heather Thorpe is a third-year Ph.D. student specializing in Baroque art.  She received her B.A. in Art History from New York University and her M.A. in Art History from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Her M.A. thesis, “In the Eye of the Beholder: A Study of the Role of ‘Seeing’ in Caravaggio’s Early Easel Paintings,” discussed the role of ‘seeing’ or spectatorship in Caravaggio’s early easel paintings.  Heather’s current research interests include early modern art theory, issues of viewing and spectatorship, and visual culture in seventeenth-century Rome.  Heather’s interest in spectatorship and viewer interaction with art carries over into her museum work experience. She currently works in Registration at the University of Iowa Museum of Art.