Isabel Baldrich, a first year MA student in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European art, received her BA in Art History with University and Departmental Honors and a Writing Certificate from the University of Iowa. Her Honors Thesis, “The Aesthetics of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Virtuous and Fallen Women,” addresses the painter’s depiction of distinct facial features in his female figures and how physiognomy and his Italianate sensibilities were significant throughout his oeuvre. She has presented her research at The Ohio State University’s Summer Research Opportunity Program and the Museo de Arte de Ponce.
Isabel’s current academic interests lie in Pre-Raphaelitism, the Aesthetic Movement and the representation of female beauty in British art from the late eighteenth century to the early twentieth century. Additionally, she plans to expand her knowledge on the latter in French and Spanish art for a better understanding of the era in future investigations and projects.