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Arianna Ray

Arianna Ray is a doctoral student concentrating in early modern Northern European art. She specializes in the study of prints with a focus on their role in processes of colonialism, international trade, and transcultural mediation. She is also interested in examining how prints functioned as objects of religious devotion, conversion, and expression during the seventeenth century in the interactions of the Dutch Republic and its global connections. Prior to coming to Northwestern, she earned her BA in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MA in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin. Her master’s thesis examined Rembrandt’s prints of St. Jerome and investigated their iconographic, political, sociocultural, and personal meanings in a seventeenth-century Dutch context. Outside of the academic world, she has held positions in a variety of museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Orlando Museum of Art, and the Blanton Museum of Art, where she curated a pop-up exhibition for the Wilkinson Center for Prints and Drawings.
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