Susanna Caviglia

Susanna Caviglia

Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D., Universite Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne (France) 2002

  • M.A., Universite Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne (France) 1998

  • B.A., Università Degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza (Italy) 1996


Susanna Caviglia took her degrees at the Sapienza University in Rome and the Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris. She teaches courses on Early Modern Art and Visual Culture. Her research interests focus on French and Italian Art in the long Eighteenth century, Early Modern theory and practice of drawing, representations of the body in art, and cross-cultural relationships within the Mediterranean world. She is the author of Charles-Joseph Natoire, 1700-1777 (2012) and History, painting, and the seriousness of pleasure in the age of Louis XV (2020), and the editor of L’événement tragiqueaux époques moderne et contemporaine: définition, représentations (with Michel Cassan, 2009); Le prince et les arts en France et en Italie, XIVe-XVIIIe siècles (2011); and Body Narratives: Motion and Emotion in the French Enlightenment (2017). Before joining Duke University, Professor Caviglia taught at the University of Limoges (France) and the University of Chicago. In France, she acquired curatorial expertise working at the Centre Georges Pompidou, the musée Condé in Chantilly the musée du Louvre, and the musée des Beaux-Arts in Nîmes. She is currently working on two new books. The first project, with Niall Atkinson, is tentatively entitled Wandering in Rome: French travelers and the image of the early modern city and investigates the aesthetics of wandering that constituted the experience of Rome for Early Modern French travelers. The second project, tentatively entitled Representing the other: French encounters with Rome and Istanbul (1669-1775), analyzes the way in which French visual and cultural production mediated and made sense of newly constituted cultural and racial differences within the Mediterranean as a means to institute a politics of ritual statecraft during the long 18th-century. Professor Caviglia is the Editor-in-Chief of the series The Body in Art (Brepols) and the Field Editor for 18th-century art for


Visual Culture in the Long Eighteenth Century, Early Modern European Drawing, Cross-cultural Relationships in the Early Modern Mediterranean World


This book project forms part of a collaboration with architectural historian Niall Atkinson, in which we investigate the symbolic itineraries and representational aesthetics... read more »
French painting of Louis XV’s reign (1715–74), generally referred to by the term rococo, has typically been understood as an artistic style aimed at furnishing courtly... read more »
This monograph is the first devoted to one of the greatest painters of Eighteenth century France. Through a triple perspective, it reconsiders Natoire’s achievements as a... read more »
This book provides the first critical forum for debate about ways of interpreting bodily representations during the French Enlightenment from an art historical point of view... read more »
The interest of the prince toward the arts grew spectacularly, especially in France and in Italy, from the 14th to the 18th century. Art and architecture became a political... read more »
In the relation of historians and art historians to time, many tragic events are boundaries, landmarks, turning points. However, these ways  to consider tragic events would... read more »

Caviglia, S. “Peindre le cortège au présent: L’inauguration de la statue équestre du Roi de Joseph-Marie Vien (1763) et la question de l’histoire contemporaine.” Cortèges En Ville Du Moyen Age à Nos Jours, edited by M. Cassan and P. D’Hollander, Presses Universitaires de Limoges, 2007, pp. 97–114.

Caviglia, S. “Les écrits sur l’art et l’opinion publique au XVIIIe siècle: l’année 1747.” Des Usages Publiques de l’écriture, edited by M. Cassan and A. Heller, Presses Universitaires de Limoges, 2006, pp. 35–48.

Caviglia, S. “Pittori francesi e paesaggio italiano (1730-1760).” Pittura Di Paesaggio in Italia. Il Settecento, edited by A. Ottani Cavina and E. Galbi, Electa, 2005, pp. 59–75.

Caviglia, S. “La décoration de la chapelle de l’hospice des Enfants-Trouvés par Charles-Joseph Natoire.” Autour de Notre-Dame, edited by A. Erlande-Brandenburg et al., Collection Paris et son patrimoine, 2003, pp. 174–77.


Caviglia, S. “Le voyage d’étude en Italie du Nord d’un pensionnaire du roi au début du XVIIIe siècle, Charles-Joseph Natoire.” Les Cahiers D’Histoire De L’Art, 2003, pp. 109–25.

Caviglia, S. “Charles-Joseph Natoire et les peintres italiens de son temps.” Gazette Des Beaux Arts, vol. July-August, 2001, pp. 41–60.

Caviglia, S. “Les dessins de Charles-Joseph Natoire (1700-1777) au musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon.” Bulletin Des Musées Et Monuments Lyonnais, vol. 4, 2000, pp. 22–37.



Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Visiting Fellowship awarded by Bard Graduate Center (2019)

David L. Paletz Innovative Teaching Fund awarded by Duke University (2018)

David L. Paletz Innovative Teaching Fund awarded by Duke University (2018)

David L. Paletz Innovative Teaching Fund awarded by Duke University (2017)

Course Arts Resource Fund awarded by University of Chicago (2015)

Course Arts Resource Fund awarded by University of Chicago (2014)

Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality awarded by University of Chicago (2014)

France Chicago Center Award awarded by University of Chicago (2014)

Grant of the City of Limoges awarded by City of Limoges (2011)

Grant of the Conseil Régional du Limousin awarded by Conseil Régional du Limousin (2011)

Grant of the Conseil Régional du Limousin awarded by Conseil Régional du Limousin (2010)

Grant of the Conseil Régional du Limousin awarded by Conseil Régional du Limousin (2007)

Fellowship of the École Française de Rome awarded by École Française de Rome (2003)

Fellowship of Ministère de l'Éducation Nationale awarded by Ministère de l'Éducation Nationale (1997 to 1998)

Fellowship of European Union awarded by European Union (1995 to 1996)

Spring 2020

Special Topics (ARTHIST 590S.05)
Nasher 121, M 10:05 AM-12:35 PM

Fall 2019

Women in Visual Arts (ARTHIST 245S.01)
Nasher 119, Tu 10:20 AM-12:50 PM
Women in Visual Arts (ARTSVIS 245S.01)
Nasher 119, Tu 10:20 AM-12:50 PM

Spring 2019

Drawing Foundations (VMS 256.01)
Smith Wrhs A101, W 11:45 AM-02:15 PM
Drawing Foundations (ARTHIST 265.01)
Smith Wrhs A101, W 11:45 AM-02:15 PM

Fall 2018

Special Topics (ARTHIST 590S.01)
Smith Wrhs A290, Th 10:05 AM-12:35 PM

Spring 2018

Body in Art Early Mod Europe (ARTHIST 317.01)
Nasher 119, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Special Topics (ARTHIST 590S.02)
Nasher 119, W 01:25 PM-03:55 PM