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The World of the Senses: Gaspard Dughet and Seventeenth-Century Landscape Painting in Rome

Sarah Cantor, University of Maryland, Fellow 2013–2014

During my fellowship year, I began work on a book, The World of the Senses: Gaspard Dughet and Seventeenth-Century Landscape Painting in Rome, which expands on my dissertation. The project explores the intersections between landscape paintings by Dughet and his contemporaries, the study of the natural world, and the interest in antiquity in early modern Rome. In particular, I conducted research for the chapters on the history of natural philosophy and the rise of empirical study in early seventeenth-century Rome. The library at Dumbarton Oaks and the access to collections at Harvard University allowed me to accomplish most of my research goals, to prepare the prospectus, and to begin writing the sections on natural history. In the Rare Book Room, I was able to examine several relevant treatises and texts that have enriched my project. Additionally, I was able to revise sections of a dissertation chapter into an article submitted for publication. The collegial atmosphere and incredible community of scholars at Dumbarton Oaks greatly enhanced both my work and overall experience. Discussions with fellows from across all the disciplines, with director of studies John Beardsley, with visiting and senior fellows, and most importantly, with postdoctoral associate Anatole Tchikine have reshaped my approach to the project and my understanding of landscape history in general.