Early Modern Europe and Atlantic World, print history, landscape, Protestant aesthetics, art and sensory perception, historiography
Michael Gaudio specializes in the visual arts of early modern Europe and the Atlantic world. His research explores the visual arts within the contexts of early modern science, religion, and cultural encounter, and he has written on such topics as visual ethnography, landscape representation, natural history illustration, and cartographic practices. His first book, Engraving the Savage: The New World and Techniques of Civilization, examines how the early modern technology of engraving helped shape notions of the “civil“ and the “savage.“ He is currently working on two projects. One examines the manipulation of religious prints in hand-made bible concordances created by the seventeenth-century English Protestant community at Little Gidding. The other is a study of how the visual arts, by managing aural experience, produced a space for reflection upon difference in the early modern Atlantic.
Professor Gaudio is a co-organizer of the “Theorizing Early Modern Studies“ research collaborative.
Engraving the Savage: The New World and Techniques of Civilization (University of Minnesota Press, 2008)
Gaudio, Michael. "Looking as a Scholar, Thinking like a Rattle Head: On William Laud, Little Gidding, the Law, and the Gospel." Oxford Art Journal 36.3 (2013)
“Cutting and Pasting at Little Gidding: Bible Illustration and Protestant Belief in Seventeenth-Century England,“ in Ralph Dekoninck, Agní¨s Guiderdoni-Bruslé, and Walter Melion, eds., Ut pictura meditatio: The Meditative Image in Northern Art, 1500-1700 (Brepols, 2012)
"At the Mouth of the Cave: Listening to Thomas Cole's Kaaterskill Falls," Art History 33.3 (2010)
“The Elements of Botanical Art: William Bartram, Benjamin Smith Barton, and the Scientific Imagination,“ in Thomas Hallock and Nancy E. Hoffmann, eds., William Bartram: The Search for Nature’s Design (University of Georgia Press, 2010)
“The Truth in Clothing: The Costume Studies of John White and Lucas de Heere,“ in Kim Sloan, ed., European Visions; American Voices (British Museum Research Publication 172, 2009)