Lara is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Lara completed her PhD in Italian Renaissance art history in fall 2015. She has presented papers on Italian sculpture and painting at conferences, including the Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America and Early Modern Rome 2 in Rome, Italy. She has taught courses on fifteenth-century Italian art at the University of Maryland, College Park, and has presented public gallery talks on a variety of topics at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., the Wadsworth Atheneum, and the Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery. Lara contributed catalogue entries for the publication, "The McCrindle Gift: A Distinguished Collection of Drawings and Watercolors," as well as co-authored a catalogue highlighting the in situ art project by the 2009 artist-in-residence, Linn Meyers, at the University of Maryland Art Gallery. Lara's main areas of research center on issues related to the intersections of sculpture, curial patronage, and funerary arts.
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