Bradley J. Cavallo began his studies in the field of art history after taking courses on Hellenistic and Italian Renaissance Art History. From that period onwards he has concentrated his research interests on multi-cultural aspects of the imagery and material-culture of art making in Western European contexts during the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries. Extensive time spent studying in Florence and Rome has grounded his current treating with the practice of painting on stone and metal supports; his anticipated, post-doctoral research will expand upon this topic by considering different manifestations of this painting technique as evident beyond an Italianate context, for example by studying its appearance and meaning in Colonial Latin America.
Dr. Cavallo’s research interests manifest themselves in courses as widely varied as Introduction to Islamic Art and Architecture and Modern Art. In these, the emphatic focus on the material matters of art making and their ramifications/origins in contemporaneous cultures grounds students in the tangible realities of artworks so as to generate an understanding of them not as abstract, intellectual exercises but as objects emergent from the physical realities of their culture’s creative paradigm. In the non-art history courses of Introduction to Gender Studies and Art Appreciation, in both cases the focus on perceiving subtle meaning-making strategies impinging on instantiating gender, sexuality, and the Fine Arts all intend to return students to an experiences-based comprehension of reality and value as built within and based upon the contingency of human constructs.