I am a graduate student in the History of Art and Architecture Department at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Sarah Reiff Conell

I study late medieval and early modern cultic practice in southern German speaking areas. I have focused on relics of Christ’s Blood and miraculous images of the Virgin Mary. I turn to objects such as seals, pilgrim’s badges, and prints as productive starting points to untangle the complexities of early modern popular religion and notions of replication.

My dissertation traces the replicative networks of miraculous images, and the distribution of agency in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. I am passionate about parsing out the flexibilities and conventions of cross-media reproduction, often making use of digital methods and tools in conjunction with more traditional forms of scholarship. As part of my doctoral exams, I created a digital exhibition that grappled with the practice of copying art both before and after the advent of mechanical reproduction. At the National Gallery in D.C., the University Gallery, and the California Rare Book School, I had the privilege of examining early modern works on paper, and I continue to seek out opportunities to learn more about process and materiality through technical art history.