Assistant Professor
202 Williams Center for the Arts


  • Ph.D., University of Virginia
  • M.A., Washington University in St. Louis
  • B.A., Fordham University


Benvenuto! I am a specialist in Italian Renaissance art. More specifically, I study the relationship of art, optical science, and theology in early modern Italy. My current book project titled, Bellini’s Light: Art, Optics, and Theology in Renaissance Venice, uses Giovanni Bellini’s representation of pictorial light as a lens to explore the history of optics and perspective in Venice. Challenging the traditional focus on Renaissance Florence, my study explores the varied techniques by which Giovanni Bellini incorporated this new knowledge into his art and places his artistic practice in conversation with the humanist and theological debates occurring in Venice. In the classroom, I am a big proponent of immersive experience and am working to integrate Virtual Reality technology with my teaching to transport students to the sites we study.

Instagram & Twitter: @profhupe

Research Interests

Italian Renaissance art, Franciscan art, Aesthetic theology, art and science, optics, cross cultural exchange in the early modern period, Venetian Renaissance painting, Virtual Reality and teaching, photogrammetry

Courses Offered

Art102: History of Western Art II; Art 223: Italian Renaissance Art; Art224: Baroque and Rococo Art (Fall 2021); Art225: Northern Renaissance Art (Fall 2021); FYS: Color: A History of Making and Meaning


Selected Publications