Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History &
Curator and Director of the Alexey von Schlippe Gallery
Christopher Platts is Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History as well as Curator and Director of the Alexey von Schlippe Gallery at UConn’s Avery Point campus. His research and teaching expertise are in the history of medieval and early modern European art, ca. 1200-1700, with a focus on Italian Renaissance painting, drawing, and manuscript illumination. He trained in art history at Harvard College, the Courtauld Institute of Art, and Yale, where he received his PhD.
Chris’ current book project explores the patronage, design, and reception of Venetian Gothic painting in Europe and the Mediterranean during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Research for this project and others on early Florentine and Sienese painting and illumination has been supported by residential fellowships and grants from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, J. Paul Getty Trust, Fondazione di studi di storia dell’arte Roberto Longhi, Baden-Württemberg Stiftung, and other institutions.
Chris has curated several exhibitions on historical and contemporary art, including shows at the J. Paul Getty Museum (“Renaissance Splendors from the Northern Italian Courts, summer 2015), the Yale Law Library (“Representing the Law in the Most Serene Republic: Images of Authority from Renaissance Venice,” winter 2017-18), and UConn’s Alexey von Schlippe Gallery (“Crosscurrents: A Connecticut Sea Grant Art Exhibition,” spring 2019). Recently he and colleagues at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Berkeley Art Museum discovered an important painting by Paolo Veneziano, the leading painter in fourteenth-century Venice and the subject of Chris’ doctoral dissertation. This newly discovered painting, The Betrayal of Christ, was one of the highlights of a recent exhibition of Old Masters at the Berkeley Art Museum for which Chris served as a consultant.
At UConn’s Avery Point campus, Chris teaches the introductory survey of Western art from the Renaissance to the present as well as a more advanced course on the history of early European prints, 1450-1700.