Ivana Horacek

B.A. (University of Calgary)
M.A. (UVic)
Ph.D. Candidate (UBC)

Areas of research:

  • Art and Culture of Early Modern Europe
  • Collecting and Court Culture
  • Gift Exchange
  • Natural History Illustration
  • Knowledge Transmission
  • Materiality
  • Early Modern Science

How have your History in Art studies helped you since you graduated?
The research that I did for my Master's thesis paved the way for my PhD project.

Brief Biography
Ivana Horacek is in her last year of the PhD program in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia where she is completing her dissertation, titled “The Magic of Things: Gifts, Transformations, and Geopolitics at the Court of Rudolf II.” Her research explores the materiality of Kunstkammer gifts, their transformative qualities and potentials, and their relationship to the making of knowledge. Her research results are published in the journal Studia Rudolphina. She has presented at various conferences, symposia, and workshops, including Scientiae 2012: Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World and at the conferences organized by Universities Arts Association of Canada and the Renaissance Society of America. She is also co-organizing an international conference titled The Cultural Landscape of Central Europe, 1500-1700 (April 2015, Montreal). Her next project will investigate the relationship between natural history illustration and the illustration of scientific instruments, particularly the ways in which the importance of scientific knowledge is mediated through artistic forms and investments in visual embellishment.


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