Christina Ferando

Core Lecturer for Art Humanities

Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Art; History and Theory of the Museum
Ph.D. Columbia University, 2011

Contact Information

Phone: (212) 854-5303
Office: 925 Schermerhorn Hall
Office Hours: Mondays, 5:30-6:30 and by appointment


Christina Ferando is a specialist in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European and American art. Her interests include the history of display and exhibition practices, cultural patrimony, and the role of the fine arts in shaping social and political identity. She also has a secondary interest in issues of connoisseurship and originality and reproduction.

Christina received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2011. She has worked and lectured at several museums and galleries, including the Yale University Art Gallery, the Gagosian Gallery, and the Museum of Modern Art, among others. Most recently, she taught courses in nineteenth- and twentieth-century art at Williams College, where she also advised a senior thesis on the work of El Lissitzky and an independent project on the contemporary Chinese art market. She is currently a Core Lecturer at Columbia University and teaches Art Humanities: Masterpieces of Western Art.

Christina has been the recipient of numerous fellowships for her work, including the David E. Finley Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts and the Marion and Andrew Heiskell Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize in Modern Italian Studies. The Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and the Getty Foundation also generously funded her research. Recent publications include an article on the reinvention of the sculptor Antonio Canova in nineteenth-century Italian theater and a forthcoming article on the Gipsoteca Canoviana, the museum of Canova's plaster casts in Possagno, Italy. She is currently working on a book-length project entitled "Sculpture and the Art of Looking: Antonio Canova in Context, 1750-1850."

Recent Publications

"'Plasmati dalle sue mani': Canova's Touch and the Gipsoteca of Possagno" in Alternative Venues: Artists' Solo Shows and Other Exhibits beyond the Academy and the Salon, 1700-2000 (Forthcoming, 2013).

"Maidservant as Muse: The Dramatic Reinvention of Antonio Canova," Journal of Art Historiography 3 (Dec. 2010). PDF

"Staging Neoclassicism: Antonio Canova's Exhibition Strategies for Triumphant Perseus," in Das Originale der Kopie: Kopien als Produkte und Medien der Transformation von Antike. Eds. Marcus Baker, Tatjana Bartsch, Horst Bredekamp, and Charlotte Schreiter. Transformations of Antiquity. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2010. 139-163.

Biographies of Isabel Rawsthorne, George Dyer, John Edwards, Lucien Freud, Henrietta Moraes, Lisa Sainsbury, Gerard Schürmann, and David Sylvester (with Louise Neri), in Alberto Giacometti, Francis Bacon: Isabel and Other Intimate Strangers. New York: Gagosian Gallery, 2008.

Artist Biographies (with Louise Neri), in For What You Are About to Receive. Moscow: Gagosian Gallery, 2008.