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Edward Alan Payne

Assistant Professor

Edward Alan Payne

My research focuses on the Mediterranean Baroque, in particular the arts and visual culture of Spain and Italy in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. I have engaged with a range of topics including violence, skin, sensory perception, caricature, and ugliness. Before coming to Aarhus, I taught art history at Durham University, and I worked as a curator for six years in the US, UK, and Spain. I have published and organized exhibitions on Jusepe de Ribera, Francisco de Zurbarán, Francisco de Goya, and early modern Spanish drawings. I am especially interested in the violent and violated body, which I examined in my Ph.D. thesis on Ribera, and transformed into the volume and exhibition Ribera: Art of Violence, co-curated with Xavier Bray at Dulwich Picture Gallery. With a background in French studies, I am fascinated by word-image relations and the intersections between works of art executed in different media. Additionally, I am interested in the reception of the Spanish School in nineteenth-century France and Britain, as well as broader historiographic questions concerning mythmaking and canon building in the early modern Hispanic world. I am deeply committed to research-led teaching and teaching-led research, and to exploring the space ‘in between’ the museum and the university. My research is underpinned by an object-oriented approach, privileging works of art as physical objects, and adopting the practice of ‘slow looking’. With Karen-Margrethe Simonsen, I co-direct the Center for Early Modern Studies.

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