Natalia Di Pietrantonio

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History
Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellow
(909) 607-0078

Department:Art History
Office Address: Baxter 104
Email: ndipietr@scrippscollege.edu

Academic History

B.A. Art History, University of California, Davis
M.A. South Asian Studies, Columbia University
M.A. & PhD. Art History, Cornell University

Areas of Expertise

Islamic art in Asia
Imperial histories
Cross-cultural dimensions of Southeast and South Asian art
Early modern and colonial South Asia
Urdu poetry

Awards and Honors

Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2018-19
Provost Diversity Fellowship, Cornell University, 2017-18
Junior Research Fellowship and the Asher Family Fellowship, American Institute of India Studies (AIIS).
Funded by a grant from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, 2015-16
Urdu Language Program in Pakistan Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley (BULPIP)-American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS), 2015
Oleg Grabar Travel Grant, Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA), 2015
Society for the Humanities Research Travel Grant, Cornell University, 2015
Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellowship, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2014-15
Mellon Pre-dissertation Fellowship, Institute of Historical Research (IHR), 2014
Michele Sicca Research Grant, Cornell Institute for European Studies, Cornell University, 2014
Brett de Bary Interdisciplinary Mellon Writing Grant, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, 2013-14
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for Urdu, American Institute of India Studies (AIIS), summer 2013
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for Urdu, South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI), summer 2012


Professor Di Pietrantonio completed her PhD at Cornell University in 2018. Her current book project, Erotic Visions: Poetry, Literature, and Book Arts, critically examines the binaries of sacred/profane and Hindu/Muslim that have shaped the art historical scholarship on South Asian and Islamic Art. She argues that representations of copulation, female nudes, and amorous couples produced in and around the Shi’a Muslim court of north India (Avadh) from 1754 to 1857 created a universe of affect and relationality. This world owes much to the philosophical, literary, and sensorial values of the native rulers, and is at variance from the narratives advanced by encroaching British colonialism. Her extensive archival research in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Pakistan, and India was supported for two years by fellowships from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Institute of Indian Studies, and the Institute of Historical Research-Mellon.

In addition to studying erotica, Natalia has a growing interest in visual histories of medicine.

Courses Taught

Art and Architecture of South Asia
Modern Art of South Asia
Seeing in Miniature: Indian Painting