Esther Gabel is a specialist in the Art and Architecture of Venice, with particular emphasis on the Eighteenth Century. After receiving her doctorate from the University of Cambridge, Dr. Gabel has published on Giambattista Tiepolo, marriage, and female patronage in Venice. Her current book project, Venice in the Age of Tiepolo, addresses social upheaval in early modern Venice and a new genre of painting that emerged from it. At Washington University since 2015, Dr. Gabel teaches courses in Renaissance Architecture, Baroque Painting, and Eighteenth-Century Europe.
About Our Department
The Department of Art History and Archaeology at Washington University in Saint Louis offers a diverse program of study in art history, archaeology, and visual studies at the undergraduate and graduate level. We are home to some 60 majors and minors, and to over 20 graduate students working on AM and PhD degrees. We enjoy strong partnerships with other Humanities programs, and with local arts institutions. Housed within the distinguished School of Arts & Sciences, the Department is an active collaborator with schools across the Danforth campus, as well as with the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, and the Saint Louis Art Museum.
We actively encourage multiple outcomes for our students of art history, and alumni follow diverse career paths both in the United States and abroad. Our majors and minors pursue graduate and professional degrees in a variety of disciplines, ranging from art history, visual culture, and archaeology to advanced work in all aspects of the humanities. Many go on in curatorial and museum education work, collections management, the business of the art market, arts criticism, and diverse positions in arts management. Yet others pursue advanced professional degrees in law, medicine, business, social work, and international affairs. Our doctoral program is the oldest in the midwest, and our network of alumni stretches internationally to Europe and Asia.learn about our graduates