Research Interests: 18th and 19th Century Transatlantic Art and Visual Culture, Print Culture, History of Collecting, Caricature and Graphic Satire
Dissertation: "Nicolino Calyo: A Wider View of American Art, 1833-1860"
Rebecca Szantyr is a Ph.D. candidate studying the movement of ideas and images across the Transatlantic world. Her dissertation on the Neapolitan-American artist Nicolino Calyo examines the role of foreign-born and traveling image-makers in creating a popular visual culture during the antebellum period. She holds a B.A. from Vassar College and a M.A. from Case Western Reserve University, where she wrote a thesis comparing Johan Zoffany’s work in India before and after the departure of Governor-General George Hastings in 1785. Rebecca has held curatorial positions at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Cleveland Museum of Art, Yale Center for British Art, and the RISD Museum. In 2014-2015, she was the Samuel H. Kress Interpretive Fellow at The Frick Collection, where she specialized in teaching with British paintings. From 2015 until 2018, Rebecca was the Florence B. Selden Fellow in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Yale University Art Gallery, where she curated the exhibition “Seriously Funny: Caricature Through the Centuries.”