Susanna Caviglia

Susanna Caviglia

Assistant Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies


  • 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 received her degrees from the Sapienza University in Rome and the Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris. She teaches courses on Early Modern Art and Culture. Her research interests focus on French and Italian Art in the long Eighteenth century, Early Modern theories of drawing and the artistic creative process, a critical investigation of the body in art, and cross-cultural and artistic relationships in Early Modern Europe. Her books include Charles-Joseph Natoire, 1700-1777 (2012), and three edited volumes: 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 the department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies of 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 and the musée du Louvre; she co-curated the exhibition Charles-Joseph Natoire (1700-1777), le dessin à l’origine de la création artistique at the musée des Beaux-Arts in Nîmes (2012). Her current projects include a study of rococo history painting, which examines how this genre participated in constructing the image of Louis XV’s peaceful and stable regime founded on a culture of leisure. With Niall Atkinson, she is investigating the aesthetics of wandering that constituted the experience of Rome for Early Modern French travelers. Professor Caviglia is the Editor-in-Chief of the series The Body in Art (Brepols, 2017-).


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 »

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

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 2019

Drawing Foundations (ARTHIST 265.01)
Smith Wrhs A101, W 11:45 AM-02:15 PM
Body in Art Early Mod Europe (ARTHIST 317.01)
Smith Wrhs A285, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Drawing Foundations (VMS 256.01)
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