Sunghoon Lee

Credentials: Visiting Assistant Professor in Global Early Modern

Position title: Visiting Assistant Professor of Global Early Modern Art

Pronouns: he, him, his


220 Conrad A. Elvehjem Building


B.A. in Geography Education and History of Art, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea, 2013
M.A. in History of Art, Indiana University, 2017
M.A. in History of Art, University of Pennsylvania, 2019
Ph.D. in History of Art, University of Pennsylvania, 2024 (expected)

Research Interests

Art of the Spanish Empire; Global Renaissance and Baroque art; Early modern prints and the global world; History of Cartography


I am a historian of global early modern art with an emphasis on colonial art in the Spanish Empire. My first book project, titled “Escala: Art, Scale, and Geographic Distance in the Colonial Philippines,” explores how colonial Philippine art and transpacific objects conveyed emerging ideas about the immensity of the Pacific Ocean through the lens of scale. I am developing a second research project on the aspirations of early modern Europeans toward American mineral deposits, particularly copper, in European and Latin American art.

Selected Publications

Oro en el río: Placer Mining, Abundance, and Sustainability in Early Modern Art and Thought,” Oxford Art Journal 46 (2023): 23-43.


ARTH HIST 103: History of Prints: Contact, Pressure, Transfer
ARTH HIST 303/731: Global Baroque Art
ARTH HIST 303/731: Art of the Early Modern Hispanic World