Sophia Quach McCabe

Sophia Quach McCabe
Graduate Student


Areas of Concentration: Late Renaissance/Early Baroque, Cultural Exchange, Networks
Faculty Advisor: Mark A. Meadow
Committee Members: E. Bruce Robertson, Michael North (University of Greifswald, Germany)
Dissertation: "Hans Rottenhammer in Venice: Networking in Style between Italy and Germany"
M.A. Thesis: "Caught Between the Folds: An Intertextual and Intervisual Engagement with Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Religious Paintings" (Temple University, completed 2010)


Sophia Quach McCabe is the 2018-2019 Getty Graduate Intern in the Project for the Study of Collecting and Provenance at the Getty Research Institute. McCabe’s research interrogates cultural exchanges and networks between Germany and Italy during the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Her dissertation—“Hans Rottenhammer in Venice: Networking in Style between Italy and Germany”—examines the relationship between art, commerce, and networks through the artist’s oeuvre and correspondences. She is particularly interested in understanding how artists established international markets through a network structure of intermediaries that bound art and economics. McCabe has been awarded fellowships from the Fulbright Commission in Germany (2015-2016)—during which time she spent ten months as a fellow at the Herzog August Bibliothek—the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation (2016-2017), and the Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation (2017). Prior to entering graduate school, she attained a B.S. in chemical engineering from The Ohio State University and worked as a marketing manager for a global company. McCabe was featured recently in Graduate Division’s publication Pushing the Boundaries: Graduate Student Research at UC Santa Barbara.