Marta Faust

Marta Faust
Graduate Student


Areas of Concentration: Visual art in early modern Northern Europe, historical techniques of print, the study of collecting, and the historiography of art history
Faculty Advisor: Mark A. Meadow
Committee Members: Ann Jensen Adams, Jeanette Favrot Peterson
Dissertation: "'Was sichst Du?': The Instrumentation of Sight in Early-Modern German Art"
M.A. Thesis: "Aspects of Copying: An Historiographic Investigation of the Engravings of Israhel van Meckenem," (Hunter College of the City University of New York, completed 2008)


My research examines visual art and culture of early modern Northern Europe with emphases on historical techniques of printing images and collecting in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and the historiography of art history. My dissertation explores how artistic innovations of the early sixteenth-century intersected with established ways for looking at images and period concepts of memory and vision to support assertions of social identity in Reformation-era Southern Germany. It argues for the prevalence of a destabilizing viewing mode enacted by mobile observers of mutable images.

Research support has included a Graduate Humanities Research Assistantship and an Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation European Studies Fellowship. In 2012, I was selected for the inaugural Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Summer Institute in Technical Art History. At UCSB, I have been a Summer Teaching Associate, Teaching Assistant, and Graduate Research Assistant. In Fall 2016, was a Visiting Lecturer for the Department of the History of Art and Visual Culture at UCSC. Since 2013, I have taught introductory aerial courses for UCSB Adventure Programs. Before coming to UCSB, I completed curatorial internships at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and The Morgan, and an editorial internship at Art + Auction magazine.