Anatole Upart

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art HistoryArt History
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  • M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Ph.D., University of Chicago

Areas of Specialization: Italian Renaissance & Baroque Architecture and Art, Early Modern Visual Culture, Early Modern Architecture and Art, Modern Ecclesiastical Architecture.

Anatole Upart research focuses on the phenomenon of national churches in Early Modern Rome, particularly the ones founded to serve Slavic communities in that city. He is currently working on the manuscript of Ruthenians in Early Modern Rome: Art and Architecture of a Uniate Community, 1596 – 1750, to be published as part of the series “Studies in Art, Art History, and Intellectual History” by Brill Publishers in Leiden, Netherlands.

His other interests, explored in several articles and publications, are the history of print, early Russian cinema, heraldry, and modern church architecture in the context of immigration to the United States.

Dr. Upart has been a recipient of several awards and grants, including the Fulbright Grant (Italy 2016-2017 at the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max-Planck-Institut, in Rome, and Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice) and the Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2019-2020), as well as research residencies at the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Germany, and the Center for the Art and Architectural History of Port Cities, Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, Naples, Italy.

Born in Minsk, Belarus (then part of the USSR), Dr. Upart was first educated at the Minsk Art Lyceum, and, upon immigration to the United States, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he majored in Printmaking, while also interning at the Department of Prints and Drawings of the Art Institute of Chicago. Upon graduation and prior to the start of the doctoral program, he maintained a regular artistic and exhibition practice as a member of the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative and, for more than a decade, had a career as a furniture designer. He could still be occasionally caught working on his etchings and chiaroscuro woodcuts.

At UAB, he teaches courses in Renaissance, Baroque, and American art history, and is always available to mentor undergraduate and graduate students.