Cécile Fromont

Art History

Cécile Fromont is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History. She studies the relationship between artistic form and religious thought, the visual syntax of belief systems, and cross-cultural translation by visual means. She also researches the role of art and architecture in the political history of the Kingdom of Kongo and of the Portuguese colony of Angola, the role of Christian art and rituals in the experience of enslavement in colonial Brazil, the history of artistic encounters between Europeans and Africans, and visual epistemologies of late colonial Brazil. Her most recent book is The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo (University of North Carolina Press, 2014).