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James Pilgrim

Postdoctoral Scholar in History of Art and Architecture

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Early Modern Art, Environmental Art

James Pilgrim (Colby College, BA; Williams College, MA; Johns Hopkins, PhD) is an historian of early modern European art with a particular interest in cultural representations of the environment. His research has been supported by the Renaissance Society of America, the New York Public Library, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Research in the Humanities, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), where he was a Paul Mellon Predoctoral Fellow. His work has appeared in the Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz, Grey Room, and Renaissance Quarterly. Combining art history, ecocriticism, and environmental history, his current book project, “Jacopo Bassano: Art, Agriculture, and the Environment in Renaissance Italy,” situates the work of this important sixteenth-century Italian painter within a context of aggressive agricultural expansion on the Venetian mainland.