Isabelle Masse


Isabelle Masse is a PhD candidate in art history at McGill University working under the co-supervision of Profs. Angela Vanhaelen (McGill) and Richard Taws (UCL). Her dissertation lies at the intersection of the history and theory of media and portraiture. It focuses on the “historical specificities” of pastel as a medium of portraiture in the long eighteenth century. It explores the ways of interpreting, apprehending, and perceiving the nature of pastel at a turning point in the development of art and society. Isabelle has published in RACAR, Journal of Canadian Art History, and Espace Sculpture. She was awarded the 2017 Dora Wiebenson Prize from the Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture (HECAA) and, in 2017-18, an H. Anthony Hampson Award from the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC). Parallel to her studies, she is currently conducting contract research for the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ).