Letha Ch’ien is an Assistant Professor in art history at Sonoma State. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley with a dissertation titled Making Miracles at the Scuola Grande di San Marco from Bellini to Tintoretto. Her research in Venice has been supported by Fulbright, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Mabel McLeod Lewis Memorial Fund, and Sonoma State University. She has pursued paleographic training with the Medici Archive Project and at the Newberry Library and has participated in the NEH seminar Transcending Boundaries: the Ottoman Empire, Europe, and the Mediterranean World 1500-1800.
Forthcoming publications include "Polytopos: Multi-ethnic Practice in Venetian Imagery,” in Cultures and Practices of Coexistence in the Multi-ethnic Cities of the Mediterranean World, 13th – 18th Centuries Volume I, Multi-Ethnic Cities of the Mediterranean World edited by Marco Folin, Antonio Musarra and published by Routledge and “Finding, Stealing, Translating: the Subject(s) of Tintoretto’s Brera Scuola Grande di San Marco Istoria” in Ekphrastic Image-making in the Early Modern Europe and the Americas, edited by Walter S. Melion, Arthur J. DiFuria and published by Brill. Her book project titled Polytopos: Venice, Empire, and Art moves beyond the eyewitness model to explain how Venetian imagery layered time and space in order to advance an imperial notion of itself as all-encompassing.