Carla Benzan

Carla Benzan is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow whose past and present research investigates the status of sacred images and new strategies of illusionism in the sculpture, painting, and printed images of northern Italy after the Council of Trent. Carla’s postdoctoral research project “Suspending Belief: visual images and the art of falling (1570/1970)” argues that images of falling bodies became a means of re-negotiating the relationship between vision and knowledge in art, art theory, scepticism, and empiricism c. 1570. Since completing her PhD dissertation on the Sacro Monte of Varallo at the University College London, Carla has been a Lecturer and Visiting Scholar at the University of Essex and a Teaching Fellow at UCL. She has published articles and book chapters on contemporary, modern and early modern art including two forthcoming book chapters based on her PhD research.