Institute of Art Research

Joana Vitkutė


Art researcher

Research interests: Lithuanian and Western secular art of the 16th–19th centuries.

Born in 1996, in Vilnius; lives and works in Vilnius. Since 2021 has been with the VVA Institute of Art Research as a researcher. In 2019, graduated from Vilnius Academy of Arts with a Bachelor degree in art history and theory. In 2020, earned an art history Master degree in the University of Groningen (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) in the Netherlands. Since 2021 has also been working in the Lithuanian National Museum of Art as a researcher and exhibition curator in one of museum's branches – Vilnius Picture Gallery.

In 2017, took a part in the project ''Cultural route: via Jagielloniaca'', supervised by the Lithuanian Department of Cultural Heritage and the Vilnius Academy of Arts. In 2019, participated in a conference "A Mask and a Face: The Aspects of the Theory and History of an Image", organized by the VVA Institute of Art Research.

Joana Vitkutė's research interests cover various aspects of the early modern secular art such as the iconographical origins, history or functioning of certain artworks. The art historian also specialises in the genre of the children portraiture of the 16th–19th centuries.