Cécile Fromont

Art Historian

Cecile Fromont

Cecile Fromont

Art Historian

I am an associate professor in Art History and the College at the University of Chicago. My writing and teaching focus on the visual, material, and religious culture of Africa and Latin America with a special emphasis on the early modern period (ca 1500-1800) and on the Portuguese-speaking Atlantic World. My first book, The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo was published in 2014 by the University of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute for Early American History. It won a College Art Association Millard Meiss Publication Fund Grant, was named the American Academy of Religion's 2015 Best First Book in the History of Religions, received the 2015 Albert J. Raboteau Book Prize for the Best Book in Africana Religions, and an honorable mention for the 2015 Melville J. Herskovits Award of the African Studies Association. My essays on African and Latin American art have appeared, among other venues, in the Colonial Latin American Review, African Arts, RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics as well as various edited volumes and exhibition catalogues. Support for my research and writing include grants and fellowships from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the Michigan Society of Fellows, the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. I will spend the 2017-2018 academic year at the American Academy in Rome as a Rome Prize Fellow. I am currently pursuing two lines of research investigating areas of intersection between visual and material culture, religion, and knowledge creation in cross-cultural environments of early modern Africa and Latin America. The first project is a study of Franciscan Capuchin images of Kongo and Angola composed between 1650 and 1750 that examines the formation and communication of cross-cultural knowledge and the second an investigation of the circulation of African visual, material, and religious culture in the early modern Atlantic world.

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2014

The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo

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Omohundro Institute Book Publication Program with the University of North Carolina Press. --Find it Here--

2013

Dancing for the King of Congo, from Early Modern Central Africa to Slavery-Era Brazil

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Colonial Latin American Review 22, 2 (2013): 184-208. --Find it Here--

2011

Dance, Image, Myth, and Conversion in the Kingdom of Kongo: 1500-1800

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African Arts 44, 4 (2011): 54-65. --Find it Here--

2011

Under the Sign of the Cross in the Kingdom of Kongo: Religious Conversion and Visual Correlation in Early Modern Central Africa

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RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics, 59-60, (2011): 109-123. --Find it Here--

2011

Collecting and Translating Knowledge Across Cultures: Capuchin Missionary Images of Early modern Central Africa

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In Collecting Across Cultures: Material Exchanges in the Early Modern Atlantic World, edited by Daniela Bleichmar and Peter Mancall, 134-154. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011. --Find it Here--

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