Andrew joined the department of History of Art as a Teaching Fellow in Renaissance and Early Modern Art after completing his PhD at Edinburgh in 2017. He comes to art history, and the academic world more broadly, from a career in design practice in the fields of theatre, opera and interior design. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Science in design and production for opera from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Andrew is a recipient of the Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Scholarship as well as the Association of Art Historians John Fleming Travel Award. He has presented his research at numerous conferences in the United Kingdom and abroad. Current publications include contributions the recent edited volume The Holy Name: Art of the Gesù. Bernini and His Age (Saint Joseph’s University Press, 2018), as well as a special issue of the Journal of Jesuit Studies(2018). His upcoming monograph, titled Andrea Pozzo and the Religious Theatre of the Seventeenth Century (Saint Joseph’s University Press, 2019) presents the work and career of the Jesuit artist Andrea Pozzo (1642-1709) as a case study in the relationship of the religious art and architecture of the seventeenth century to the period's culture of ritual and performance.
Andrew’s research, which focuses on Italian art and architecture of the early modern, is particularly concerned with the roles of ritual, spectacle, performance and scenography within early modern culture, in both religious and secular contexts, and how they inform our reading of the period’s major works of art, buildings, and spaces. His interests include Jesuit art, architecture, history and intellectual culture; the history of perspective and Baroque illusionism; Counter-Reform religious culture and the Borromeos; the history of Rome and the papacy; early modern spectacle; the history of theatre and opera; and the history of scenography and stage technology.
Andrew’s teaching includes both broad surveys and specialised topics in art architecture from the late sixteenth century to 1700. For the Pre-Honours course History of Art I he contributes a block of lectures on Southern European Baroque, including Italian, Spanish and French art of the seventeenth century as well as art of the Catholic missions. In 2017 he introduced a new fourth-year honours course, ‘Bernini: Technologies of Wonder’, and also teaches the very popular third-year course, ‘Caravaggio: “the man who came to destroy painting”?’ He welcomes any and all undergraduate and masters dissertation projects in Renaissance/early modern art, architecture, and culture.