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Alba Campo Rosillo, Ph.D.

Department of Fine and Performing Arts


Ph.D. University of Delaware, USA
M.A. Art History, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
B.A. Humanities, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain

Practice Areas

  • Art of the Americas, 18th-20th centuries
  • Art and Material Culture

Research Interests

Inter-American and Transatlantic cultural diplomacy, portraiture, self-fashioning and nation-building processes.

Publications and Media Placements


"Sargent's Portrait of Duchess Millicent," Ventanas, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza (upcoming).

"Bierstadt's Colorful Anomaly: Landscape Painting in the Colonial Bahamas," Ventanas, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza (upcoming).

"Moderate Modernity: The Collecting of the Hague School Art in Scotland during the Second Half of the 19th Century," RKD Studies, Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie (May 2012).

"Executions in the Civil War Period: Depiction and Denial," Firsthand: Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection (Spring 2009).

Catalogue Essays

"Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Dissemination of American Art," "Culture Crossings," and “Material Culture," in American Art from the Thyssen Collection, Madrid, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, 2021.

"Milly Finch," in Whistler in Watercolor, Washington D.C., Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, 2019.

"Metaportraits," in John Harlan Norris: Disintegrants, Lexington, Institute 193, 2019.

Co-authored with Paloma Alarcó, Clara Marcellán, and Marta Ruiz del Árbol, "Acquisitions Chronology and Provenance," in American Art from the Thyssen Collection, Madrid, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, 2021.

Book Reviews

"The Spanish Element in Our Nationality: Spain and America at the World’s Fairs and Centennial Celebrations, 1876–1915," by Mary Elizabeth Boone, book review, Winterthur Portfolio 54, no. 4 (Winter 2020): 305–07.

"Selling Andrew Jackson: Ralph E. W. Earl and the Politics of Portraiture," by Rachel Stephens, book review, Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art 5, no. 2 (Fall 2019).

Exhibition Reviews

"Salazar: Portraits of Influence in Spanish New Orleans, 1785–1802," Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide 17, no. 2 (Autumn 2018).

"William Merritt Chase: A Modern Master," The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C., Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide 16, no. 1 (Spring, 2017).

"Snapshot: Painters and Photography, 1888–1915," Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide 11, no. 3 (Autumn 2012).

"Russia's Unknown Orient: Orientalist Painting 1850–1920," Groninger Museum, Groningen, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide 11, no. 1 (Spring 2012).

"Johan Thorn Prikker: Beyond Art Nouveau," Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide 10, no. 2 (Autumn 2011).


"A Painted Homage to a Political Giant: G. P. A. Healy's Posthumous Portrait of President Lincoln," Smithsonian Voices (January 19, 2021).

"The Artist’s Vision: John Sloan's Self-Portraits," Delaware Art Museum (December 7, 2017).

"Worldviews and Friendships in Portrait Painting," Material Matters, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture (February 22, 2017).

Editorial Functions

Guest Editor for the Spring 2022 issue of Ventanas, the journal of the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Honors and Awards

2021-22 – Terra Foundation Research Fellowship at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain.

2019-20 – Residential Predoctoral Fellowship, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

2019-20 – Terra Foundation International Research Travel Grant for US-based Scholars.

2019 – Anna R. and Robert T. Silver Teaching Award, University of Delaware.

2017 – Woman of Promise Award, University of Delaware.

2017 – Ailsa Mellon Bruce Predoctoral Fellowship for Historians of American Art to Travel Abroad, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.: Colombia, Ecuador, Dominican Republic.

2013-15 – Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (Reiman-de Bas Fonds) Grant to pursue doctoral studies in the History of Art at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.