- Artisan, craft knowledge and technology in early modern Italy
- Materiality and material agency
- Ornament and domestic furnishing
- Scale and mediation
- Global art historiography
Crafting Knowledge, Telling Stones: The Art of Pietre Dure Tables in Early Modern Italy, 1550s-1660s
Wenyi Qian is a PhD candidate at University of Toronto and a predoctoral fellow at the department of Tristan Weddigen. Her doctoral dissertation examines the production of hard stone inlaid tables in late Cinquecento and Seicento Italy at the nexus of early modern craft knowledge, natural sciences, and courtly life and consumption. She holds a BA in History of Art with Material Studies and an MA in History of Art from University College London. She worked as a curatorial intern at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and a convenor of academic programs at OCAT Institute, Beijing. This latter experience led to her interest in art historiography both in its European and transnational contexts, in which field she is preparing several case studies on the politics of translation and reception of disciplinary ideas between East Asia and Europe in the twentieth century. As a multi-lingual translator, she worked on publications such as the forthcoming Chinese edition of Victor I. Stoichita's L'Instauration du tableau: métapeinture à l'aube des temps modernes and its extensive introduction (2023). Prior to joining the Bibliotheca Hertziana, she was Raylegh Radford Rome Awardee at the British School at Rome.