I am a PhD candidate in the History of Art and Architecture Department at the University of Pittsburgh. My primary areas of interest are late medieval and early modern cultic practice in German speaking regions, and the print culture surrounding these sites.
My dissertation, “Replicating the Miraculous: Tracing Agency in Early Modern German Lands, 1400-1600” pulls at the threads of historical understandings of action in three forms: replicated images, printed texts, and as a network visualized in digital form. My project makes apparent the ways in which theory has fallen short of describing the ambiguous and seemingly contradictory beliefs associated with miraculous images. By considering a wide range of media such as painting, sculpture, printed image, and textual accounts, my dissertation grapples with the tensions between historical record and applied theoretical models.