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Natalia Di Pietrantonio

Ph.D. Student in History of Art


Research interests include Islamic art, cross-cultural dimensions of Southeast and South Asian Art, Indo-Persianate history, Urdu poetry and literature, gender & sexuality studies. Her doctoral dissertation, "Erotic Visions: Poetry, Literature, and Book Arts from Avadh India (1754-1857)," focuses on erotic miniatures such as representations of female nudes and amorous couples produced in and around the Indo-Islamic court of Avadh, India. Funding for her research has included Institute of Historical Research-Mellon Pre-dissertation Fellowship, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellowship from their Islamic Department, and American Institute for India Studies (AIIS) Junior Research Fellowship and the Asher Family Fellowship. Prior to her studies at Cornell, Natalia earned her B.A. in art history at the University California, Davis in 2008. In 2011, she received her M.A. from Columbia University in South Asian Studies.


  • History of Art and Visual Studies