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Sean Roberts

I am an art historian with a specialization in the arts of Italy between c. 1400 and 1700. I received my Ph.D. in 2006 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. My dissertation "Cartography Between Cultures: Francesco Berlinghieri's Geographia of 1482" treated a Florentine printed atlas and its use as a diplomatic gift from the Florentine government to the Ottoman Sultan. My research has been supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study of the Visual Arts, the J. B. Harley Foundation and the Michigan Society of Fellows. I am presently Assistant Professor of Art History (Early Modern Europe) at the University of Southern California.

My areas of research interest include the early history of cartography, intersections between art and science in the early modern world, race and ethnicity in the early modern world as well as the history of prints, printing, and books. I am currently researching and writing about the depiction of Muslims and black Africans in sixteenth-century Venetian painting.