Professor Wager specializes in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century art and material culture. Her research focuses on the social, political, and material significance of the transmission of images in the early modern world. Wager’s current book project is a study of the relationship between the eighteenth-century French artist François Boucher, the royal mistress Madame de Pompadour, and the aesthetics of translation. Wager has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants from institutions including the Mellon Foundation and the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. From 2012 to 2014, she held the Samuel H. Kress Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. In 2015, Wager was curator of the exhibition “Madame de Pompadour, Patron and Printmaker” at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. Her recent publications include the article “The earliest known version of Madame de Pompadour’s ‘Suite d’Estampes’ rediscovered" in The Burlington Magazine (April 2017), and the essay "Amorous Pursuits" in the exhibition catalogue Casanova: The Seduction of Europe (2017). Wager holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Art History & Archaeology at Columbia University, where her dissertation was entitled “Boucher’s Bijoux: Luxury Reproduction in the Age of Enlightenment.” She graduated magna cum laude from Columbia College with a B.A. in French and art history.
Ph.D., Art History, Columbia University
M.A., Columbia University
M.Phil., Columbia University
B.A., Columbia University
18th century European art
19th century European art
Ceramics (Visual Arts)
Culture--Gender and Sexuality
History & Appreciation of Art
ARTH 400: Topics in Art History
ARTH 444B: Honors/Art and Money
ARTH 480: Introduction to Art History
ARTH 686: Sex & Sensuality in 18th-C Art
ARTH 688: Histories European Modernism
ARTH 694: Vision and Modernity
ARTS 444B: Honors/The Business of Art
ARTS 480: Introduction to Art History
ARTS 687: Art and Modernity
HUMA 512A: Modern Humanities
Wager, S. (2023). "Making Marble Edible: Madame de Pompadour, Friendship, and the Multiple Lives of Porcelain". In W. Bellion, & K. Smentek (Eds.), Material Cultures of the Global Eighteenth Century Art, Mobility, and Change. Bloomsbury Visual Arts.
Wager, S. M. (2022). Boucher's Spirit: Authorship, Invention, and the Force of Porcelain. ART BULLETIN, 104(3), 55-83. Retrieved from https://www.webofscience.com/
Wager, S. M. (n.d.). The Fast and the Fugitive: Pompadour’s Curatorial Self/Portrait at Versailles. Journal18, (8). doi:10.30610/8.2019.6
Wager, S. M. (2017). The earliest known version of Madame de Pompadour's 'Suite d'Estampes' rediscovered. The Burlington magazine, 159(1369), 285-289.
Wager, S. M. (2017). Amorous Pursuits. In F. Ilchman (Ed.), Casanova: The Seduction of Europe. MFA Publications.