Born in Brazil, she obtained her PhD in Art History from the University of Pisa, in Italy. In 2011, she became a professor of Art History at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF - Brazil) and was Wissenschaftler Gast at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence the following year. In 2015, she accepted an Art History Professorship in the History Department, at the University of Campinas.
Her research interests include early modern art, non-western cultural traditions in the Americas, ecocritical and decolonial theories. Her current research focuses on the connections between art, science, and ecology in nineteenth century Brazil. She has published books and peer-reviewed articles on Italian Renaissance art and artistic literature, visual culture, scientific illustrations and Brazilian art. She is currently a coordinator of a Getty Foundation Connecting Art Histories Program at the University of Campinas.