Art Historian and Museum Professional
My name is Alba Campo Rosillo and I am an art historian specialized in U.S. American art and portrait painting production of the Americas in the modern and contemporary era.
I research issues of materiality and beholding, history of collections, and the intersections of politics and economics in portraiture. In my dissertation “Artistry and Industry: The Portraiture of George Peter Alexander Healy (1830-1871), I discuss the investment of this artist in the principles of industrialization, which creatively shaped his work.
I have been awarded the 2021-2022 Terra Foundation Research Fellow in American Art at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid , Spain, where I will be studying, writing about and assisting in reinstalling the museum’s collection of American art, the largest of its kind outside the U.S.
Read my blogpost on G.P.A. Healy’s portrait of Abraham Lincoln for the Smithsonian website, and forthcoming is my book review of Mary Elizabeth Boone’s “The Spanish element in our nationality:” Spain and America at the world's fairs and centennial celebrations, 1876-1915.