Tara Zanardi teaches courses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European art that consider a wide range of topics, such as art and politics, the development of museums, national identities and cultural representations, porcelain, fashion, gender, global exchange, and empire.
Zanardi received her MA and PhD from the University of Virginia. She has received fellowships from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Fulbright Program, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain and United States, Hunter College’s Presidential Fund for Faculty Advancement, PSC-CUNY, and the American Association of University Women. She was also a Feliks Gross Endowment Award winner in 2014.
Her expertise and research interests cover eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Spanish visual and material culture. She has published articles and reviews in West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture; The Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies; Material Culture Review; Dieciocho; Journal18; Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte; Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture; and Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body and Culture. She has also published two books, Framing Majismo: Art and Royal Identity in Eighteenth-Century Spain (Pennsylvania State University, 2016) and Visual Typologies from the Early Modern to the Contemporary: Local Practices and Global Contexts (Routledge, 2018), co-edited with Lynda Klich.
Zanardi’s current work comprises multiple projects, including an edited volume, Intimate Interiors: Sex, Politics, and Material Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Bedroom and Boudoir (with Christopher M.S. Johns); a co-edited special issue of Journal18 on “Silver” (with Agnieszka Ficek, forthcoming Fall 2022); an essay on the Dauphin Collection of decorative treasures held at the Prado Museum; and a book-length study titled Artful Politics and Bourbon Identity: The Porcelain Room at Aranjuez.