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Natalia Di Pietrantonio


Natalia earned her B.A. in art history at the University California, Davis with an emphasis on Islamic South Asia. In 2011, she received her M.A. from Columbia University in South Asian Studies. Research interests include Islamic art, cross-cultural dimensions of Southeast and South Asian art, architectural marginalia, Indo-Persianate history, Urdu poetry and literature, erotica, gender & sexuality studies. Her doctoral dissertation, “Visions of Desire: The Art of Awadh’s Court, 1754-1857,” focuses on erotic miniatures such as representations of female nudes and amorous couples produced in and around the Indo-Islamic court of Awadh, India. Funding for her research has included IHR Mellon Pre-dissertation Fellowship, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellowship, and American Institute for India Studies (AIIS) Junior Research Fellowship.