Sarah Cadagin is a Ph.D. candidate in Italian Renaissance art. She is currently finishing her dissertation, on the altarpiece paintings of late fifteenth-century Florentine artist Domenico Ghirlandaio, under the support of a University of Maryland Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship. In addition to completing and defending her dissertation during the 2016-2017 academic year, Sarah will present papers at the annual conferences of the Renaissance Society of America in Chicago and the Southeastern College Art Conference in Roanoke.
A graduate of Georgetown University where she studied art history and Italian (B.A., summa cum laude, 2009), Sarah received her M.A. from Maryland in 2011 after successfully defending her thesis, “Creaturely Vision: Animals and Sacred Meaning in the Chiostro Grande of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, Tuscany.” In general, Sarah’s research broadly concentrates on the intersections among religion, personal piety, theology, and art, with a special emphasis on fifteenth-century fresco and panel painting in Florence and Tuscany.
Sarah has taught, as an adjunct professor, at Georgia State University in Atlanta, and also served as a teacher’s assistant at the University of Maryland and at Georgetown’s Villa Le Balze in Florence, Italy. The recipient of various grants and awards from the Graduate School and the College of Arts and Humanities, Sarah additionally received a Cosmos Club Foundation Scholars grant for summer archival research in Italy in 2015, where she was also a participating scholar at Florence’s Archivio di Stato’s Medici Archives Project.