Sarah Schaefer

Core Lecturer for Art Humanities

18th- and 19th-century European Art
Ph.D., Columbia University 2014

Contact Information

Phone: (212)854-5303
Office: 925 Schermerhorn
Office Hours: Mondays 12 - 1, or by appointment


Sarah Schaefer's research explores 18th- and 19th-century European visual culture. Her current book project stems from her dissertation, which argued that the work of nineteenth-century French artist Gustave Doré established modern paradigms for biblical representation at a time when the public perception and understanding of the Bible was changing dramatically. In 2013, she co-curated an exhibition of nineteenth-century biblical imagery for the Museum of Biblical Art in New York City. Her next project focuses on representations of Scandinavian epic poetry and the development of modern fantasy illustration in nineteenth-century England.

Selected Publications

"'From the Smallest Fragment': The Archaeology of the Doré Bible," Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, vol. 13, no. 1 (Spring 2014),

Exhibition review, "Louis C. Tiffany and the Art of Devotion," Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief, vol. 9, no. 2 (June 2013), 267-68.

Exhibition review, "Max Klinger - Le théâtre de l'étrange. Les suites gravées, 1879-1915," Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, vol. 12, no. 1 (Spring 2013),