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Isabella Lores-Chavez

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Isabella Lores-Chavez is the instructor for Cultural Heritage and Social Justice in the Spring of 2024. She is also currently Associate Curator of European Paintings at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, where she is responsible for the Netherlandish paintings in the collection. She completed her Ph.D. in Art History at Columbia University in 2022, with a dissertation about plaster casts in seventeenth-century Dutch paintings. Isabella was the 2020-2022 Samuel H. Kress Predoctoral Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, and the 2018-2019 Theodore Rousseau Fellow in European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. After completing a B.A. in History of Art at Yale in 2012, she curated a small exhibition at the Metropolitan, entitled Dutch and French Genre Drawings from the Robert Lehman Collection, in 2013. Born in Colombia and raised in Los Angeles, Isabella has also previously worked at the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.


  • 17th-century Dutch painting
  • Early Netherlandish painting
  • Early Modern history

Research Areas

  • Art history
  • Museum history


  • Columbia University, PhD in Art History, 2022
  • Columbia University, MPhil in Art History, 2017
  • Columbia University, MA in Art History, 2016
  • Yale University, BA in Art History, 2012

Prior Experience

  • Associate Curator, European Paintings, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
  • Samuel H. Kress Predoctoral Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts
  • Theodore Rousseau Fellow, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Selected Publications

  • Isabella Lores-Chavez, "The Plaster Cast and the Intimacy of the Studio," Ge-conservacion, 23 no. 1 (June 2023): 120-128

  • Pamela H. Smith and Isabella Lores-Chavez, "Counterfeiting Materials, Imitating Nature," in The Matter of Mimesis: Studies on Mimesis and Materials in Nature, Art and Science (Brill, 2023)

  • Isabella Lores-Chavez, "Political Sites and Collective Identities in Hendrick Avercamp's Ice-Skating Landscapes," Dutch Crossing, 43 no. 3 (August 2019): 209-232