Alejandro Octavio Nodarse, M.A.



  • History of science and medicine
  • The poetics of artist’s materials  
  • Early modern conceptions of gender and sexuality
  • Art and devotion in Italy, Latin America, and Spain
  • Art theory and aesthetics 


Operations of the Image: Painting, Medicine, and the Origins of Aesthetics in Early Modern Rome and Naples

Publikationen (Auswahl)

  • “The Syphilitic Image: On ‘The Metamorphosis of Syphilis’ in Marco Aurelio Severino’s De recondita abscessuum natura”, Harvard Library Bulletin, (2021), URL: (Stand 03.02.2023).


Ale Nodarse is a doctoral candidate in History of Art & Architecture at Harvard University and a predoctoral fellow in Sietske Fransen’s research group, “Visualizing Science in Media Revolutions.” They received their B.A. and M.A. in the History of Art from Yale University in 2019, with two Master’s Theses – the first on Jusepe de Ribera’s late altarpiece, San Gennaro Escaping from the Furnace Unharmed, with regard to contemporary perceptions of martyrdom, and the second on Juan Sánchez Cotán’s still-life paintings in relation to optical diagrams. Ale’s research spans the early-modern period with a focus on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century painting and sculpture in Italy, Spain, and Latin America, and an interest in art theory and aesthetics more broadly. Recurrent areas of focus include the history of scientific observation; the materiality of visionary experience; the homoerotic image; and the rhetorical and affective forces of art and language. Ale has gained curatorial experience at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where their archival research brought forth new light on John Singer Sargent’s preeminent model, Thomas McKeller. In addition to their work as an historian, Ale is a passionate teacher, writer, sculptor, and translator.


  • Renaissance Society of Art, Graduate Advisory Board
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