Eric R. HupeBA, Classical Civilizations, Fordham University, 2008
MA, Art History, Washington University in St. Louis, 2011
Eric is finishing his doctoral work in Italian Renaissance art. His dissertation, titled The Franciscan Theology of Light and Venetian Paintings of the Late Fifteenth Century, examines the intersection of optical science, theology, mysticism, and art, exposing the theological underpinnings of the development of linear perspective and pictorial naturalism. Eric completed his M.A. at Washington University in St. Louis where he focused on the art of Michelangelo and issues of patronage. His research on Michelangelo is published in the edited anthology Michelangelo in the New Millennium from Brill Press.
Eric has taught a number of course on Italian Renaissance art and culture, Baroque and Rococo art, and surveys of World Art. For the past three years he has helped co-teach the UVA J-Term in Rome. In addition to his classroom instruction, Eric has served as a graduate research intern at The Frick Collection, where he worked on the exhibition "Piero della Francesca in America," and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. While living in New York, Eric was a frequent lecturer at The Cloisters Museum, the medieval branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
For more information regarding Eric's research and teaching, visit his website.