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Jessica Keating

Associate Professor of Art History, Art and Art History

Education & Professional History

Ohio State University, BA; Northwestern University, PhD

Jessica Keating is Associate Professor of Art History at Carleton College. Professor Keating’s research and teaching addresses the history of art in early modern Europe, focusing particularly on the intertwined histories of collecting; technology; cultural contact and exchange; and empire and sovereignty. Her book, Animating Empire: Automata, the Holy Roman Empire and the Early Modern World (Penn State University Press, 2018) explores the religious and political histories of six clockwork automata that were produced and collected in the Holy Roman Empire during the second half of the sixteenth century. Currently she is working on the question of how the Kunstkammer of Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II (r. 1576-1612) represented sovereignty. She is also in the process of completing a short book, Impossible Nature: The World of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, which is forthcoming with Reaktion Books.


At Carleton since 2014.

Current Courses

  • Fall 2021
    ARTH 100: Witches, Monsters and Demons
  • Winter 2022
    ARTH 101: Introduction to Art History I
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    ARTH 235: Revival, Revelation, and Re-animation: The Art of Europe's "Renaissance"
  • Spring 2022
    ARTH 255: Islam in the Eyes of the West
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    ARTH 298: Seminar for Art History Majors