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Ronald Portanier

Jessica Veevers

PhD Student - Art History

Thesis Title

French Naval Sculpture Under the Ancien Régime: How its Iconography in terms of Fit, Form and Function Changed According to the Development of the Ship’s Architecture


Jean Bélisle (Professor Emeritus) & Dr. Cynthia Hammond

Research Interests
  • Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century French Naval Sculpture in the Atlantic Space
  • Naval Sculpture of New France


Ronald Portanier is a PhD student in the Interuniversity Doctoral Program in the Department of Art History. His research topic concerns French naval sculpture in the seventeenth and eighteenth century. He is the recipient of the Faculty of Fine Arts Fellowship award for the academic year 2016-2017.

Ronald attended the Université du Quebec à Montreal from 2013 to 2016. Between the summers of 2014 and 2015 he carried out research related to his thesis topic in the archives of the French navy and the naval museums of France. In the fall of 2015 he was invited by the Université de Nantes to do a research internship under the renowned naval architecture historian Martine Acerra. In keeping with the spirit of the inter-university doctoral program Ronald transferred to Concordia University in 2016.

Ronald has an MA in Art History and a BFA in Painting & Drawing where he graduated with great distinction, both from Concordia University. He was awarded the Betty Goodwin Prize in Studio Arts in 2010 and has had solo and group exhibitions of his art work at the Belgo in Montreal.

Ronald Portanier is a member of the Agraphia Art History Writers Group.

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