Sandra Gómez Todó
Sandra Gómez Todó is a first-year Ph.D. student in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century European art and a Fulbright grantee. She received a B.A. in Art History from the Autonomous University of Madrid (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and an M.A. in Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Thought from the Pompeu Fabra University (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona); the latter was funded by a grant from la Caixa Foundation. Her M.A. thesis, titled "From Comedians to Ladies of the Stage: Representations of the Actress in Spain (1770-1870)", explored visual representations of creative and intellectual profiles of femininity in nineteenth-century Spain and focused on the function of artworks in the new identity of actresses as ladies in nineteenth-century Spain. For her Ph.D. research, Sandra is exploring the relationships between theater, appearance, performance and visual arts as well as their convergence in the construction of identity and gender in late-eighteenth and nineteenth-century European art and culture.
Sandra’s work experience at the Foundation of Friends of the Prado Museum and the National Museum of the Decorative Arts at Madrid has contributed to her better understanding of the role of art history in the contemporary world and the importance of collaboration between museum and university research.