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Daniel Healey

Daniel Healey '12 BA

Doctoral student, Department of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University

My art historical career began in the Department of Art History at UMass Amherst. There I learned the fundamentals of visual analysis in courses on Medieval and Renaissance painting, Oriental carpets, and modern art and architecture. Seminars at Amherst, Smith, and Mt. Holyoke colleges broadened my art historical experience to include the Japanese tea ceremony, modern Indian photography, and the art and archaeology of Pompeii. The Five College consortium provided an unparalleled network of museum collections and art historians, from whose guidance I continue to grow as a scholar.

I graduated from the Commonwealth Honors College in 2012, with a double major in English and Art History. My honors thesis considered the decorative program of the Temple of Isis at Pompeii. I participated in the 2012 summer field season of the Pompeii Quadriporticus Project, then returned to the Five Colleges to serve as a teaching assistant at Smith College. In 2013 I started a doctoral program in the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University, where I received my M.A. in the Fall of 2016. My dissertation considers retrospective styles in Roman visual culture, and draws from memory studies to explore the potential meanings of Archaic and Egyptian stylistic idioms for a Roman audience.