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Steven F. Ostrow (Ph.D., Princeton, 1987) specializes in early-modern Italian (especially Roman) visual culture, with an emphasis on the post-Tridentine period and seventeenth-century sculpture. He has published on a diverse range of subjects, from late-sixteenth-century tomb sculpture to early-eighteenth-century illuminated manuscripts, engaging issues concerned with patronage, iconography, and historicism; art theory and artistic practices; the interplay among art, politics, science, and religion; and the literary construction of artists’ biographies. His current research focuses on sculpture in Rome between the death of Michelangelo and the emergence of Gianlorenzo Bernini.
- Seventeenth-century Roman art
- Gianlorenzo Bernini and baroque sculpture
- Post-Tridentine visual culture
- Artists' biographies
- Italian baroque art theory
- Spanish Golden Age painting