Alessandra Russo is Associate Professor in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures of Columbia University. She studies the theory, practice and display of the arts in the Early Modern times. She has been trained in art history and historical anthropology at the Universitá di Bologna, at the Universiteit Leiden, and at the EHESS, in Paris, where she received her Ph.D.. Before coming to New York, she had been visiting researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas/ UNAM, in Mexico. She has been invited as a research fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin and as a visiting professor at the INHA and at the EHESS (Paris). Alessandra Russo is author of the books The Untranslatable Image (2014; French edition: L'image intraduisible, 2013), El realismo circular (2005), and co-editor of Images Take Flight (2015; Best book award in "theory of art" and Grand Prix du Jury at FILAF, 2016). She has co-curated the international exhibition El vuelo de las imágenes (MUNAL, Mexico) and participated in the curatorship of Planète Métisse (MQB, Paris). She is presently completing the book A New Antiquity. Art and Humanity as Universal (1400-1600), and is working on The Great Custodian. Bologna, Madrid, Europes, and the New Worlds of the Seventeenth Century.