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Caylen Heckel

Assistant Professor Art History
Office Hours:
Mondays 10am-11am


My research broadly examines the role of visual culture at the intersection between individuals and institutions in Renaissance Europe. I have been drawn to questions of gender and sexuality in art and the ways in which objects can perpetuate and contest dominant political and legal forces. My book manuscript examines sixteenth-century goldsmith Benvenuto Cellini through the lens of exile, drawing on juridical, medical, metallurgical, and literary sources to analyze his three-dimensional works, from sculptures to coins.

Undergraduate Teaching

I teach a range of classes, such as “Visualizing Public Shame” and “Hair, Flesh, Body,” which approach a topic through case studies that cut across global historical contexts. I believe that history can tell us a lot about the world we live in today, and my classes often approach topics from both historical and contemporary perspectives.  

Research Areas:

Europe, Italy, early modern, Renaissance, exile, sculpture, coins, gender, sexuality, crime