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Harvard University
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Art History, French Revolution, Female Artists, Gender, Print, Printmaking, Ephemera, Materiality, Technique, Citizenship
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About Me

Sarah Lund researches the visual culture of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europe, with a focus on prints and female artists. She is currently a PhD Candidate in the History of Art & Architecture Department at Harvard University and a 2021-2022 Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellow. Her dissertation in progress, titled “The Matrix of Citizenship: Female Printmakers in Revolutionary France,” focuses on female printmakers and lithographers in France from 1789 until 1848. In illuminating the work of these little-known female artists, her project argues not only for their participation in the politics of the revolution and its image-making but also seeks to resituate artistic practice as both political speech and as a mode of citizenship, especially as these artist were denied official political participation due to their gender. Her dissertation attends to the gendered concepts, both practical and theoretical, of printmaking and its materials to argue how female printmakers found within  their media modes of envisioning, asserting, and redefining their gendered, artistic, professional, social, and political identities.

Sarah earned her B.A. in Art History and Government from Dartmouth College in 2016 and holds an M.A. from Harvard. From 2016-2018, she was the Technical Art Historian and Research Coordinator for the new Scientific Research Department of Sotheby’s New York, where she assisted with the technical, art historical, and provenance research of works coming to sale from all specialist departments. Sarah’s research has been supported by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Harvard Graduate Society, and Smith Foundation, and her curatorial experience includes work at the Getty Research Institute, the Hood Museum of Art, and the Harvard Art Museums.

Recent Publications

Sarah Lund. 4/6/2021. “Liberty, Equality, Sorority? A Woman Printmaker in the French Revolution.” Art Talks Live. Harvard Art Museums. YouTube

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
France, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century, Modern
Expertise by Topic
Art & Architectural History, Family, Gender, Government, Material Culture, Museums, Politics, Rebellion & Revolution, Women