Nelson, Sean

University of Southern California

Research Topic: Imagining Ottoman Jerusalem in Early Modern Italy

Dr.Nelson received his PhD in Art History from the University of Southern California in 2015. His research focuses on the Grand Duchy of Tuscany in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and their efforts to fashion the Ottoman Empire in image, text, and object. He was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin in 2012, the Kunsthistorisches Institute in Florence from 2012-2014, and at the USC-Early Modern Studies Institute at the Huntington Library, San Marino in 2015. His research has also been funded by the Getty Foundation’s initiative “Connecting Art Histories” with trips to Sarajevo and Dubrovnik. In 2015 he will be the VIT-ANAMED post-doctoral fellow working on his project “Imagining Ottoman Jerusalem in Early Modern Italy.” This multi-disciplinary project will address the ways in which Italian visual and textual conceptions of Jerusalem changed after the city’s incorporation into the Ottoman Empire in 1517. In particular it will observe Süleyman I’s architectural interventions within the city and their reception in the Italian peninsula.