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Iara Dundas, Graduate Assistant of Center for Latin American Caribbean Studies and Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Iara Dundas

Please note: Iara has left the "Center for Latin American Caribbean Studies" group at Duke University; some info here might not be up to date.

Iara A. Dundas is a Ph.D. candidate studying the art and architecture of France in the seventeenth century under the supervision of Sara Galletti. Her dissertation, "For God and King: Jesuit Ephemeral Spectacles in France Under the First Bourbons" examines the production and patronage of spectacles and ephemeral apparatuses by the Jesuit Order in France. Her research considers the place of ephemera as part of the artist-architect's profession, the role of these projects in fostering the Jesuit Order's relationship with the monarchy to spread power and influence, and the way these works, and the events for which they were constructed, were used by both the Church and the State in a particularly turbulent time in the history of France. 

Iara received a B.A. in Art History from the University of Central Florida in 2007, and an M.A., with distinction, in Art History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2010. Her research interests include ephemeral apparatuses and the relationship between temporary structures and permanent spaces, especially within the context of court and religious festivals and spectacles; the history and architecture of theater and performance; the Early Modern Jesuits; and the intersections of art and science in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. She is especially interested in using digital technologies to reconstruct and recontextualize objects and structures which are no longer extant. She is a member of the Wired! group and has been working with Visualizing Venice since 2012.

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Smith Warehouse, Bay 9, Room A294
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Renaissance and Baroque
Architectural History
Early Modern Art
Religious Visual Culture

Recent Publications

  1. Dundas, I, Judgment, Resurrection, Conversion: Art in France During the Wars of Religion, in Art and Reform in the Late Renaissance After Trent (February, 2019), pp. 72-92, Routledge, ISBN 0815393881  [abs]

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