Anne Leader is Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH) at UVA. She received her Ph.D. in the History of Art and Archaeology, with a specialization in Italian Renaissance Art, from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University in 2000. She was Rush H. Kress Fellow at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence from 2008 to 2009. She has held teaching positions at the University of New Hampshire, Kean University, The City College of New York, and the Savannah College of Art and Design (Atlanta).
Her research and publications explore a range of topics in Italian Renaissance art, architecture, urbanism, and religious tradition, including: Michelangelo’s final project for the Sistine chapel, Benedictine monasticism and artistic patronage, Renaissance workshop practices and artistic authorship, and, most recently, burial practices and tomb monuments including articles on the tomb of Leonardo da Vinci’s father. She is especially interested in sacred art and architecture, specifically in how images and buildings were used by individuals and institutions for devotional practice, doctrinal instruction, and propaganda.
She has published articles and reviews in The Burlington Magazine
, Human Evolution
, The Journal for the Society of Architectural Historians
, The Renaissance Quarterly
, Renaissance Studies
, Studies in Iconography
, and the Visual Resources Association Bulletin
. Her monograph The Badia of Florence: Art and Observance in a Renaissance Monastery
was published by Indiana University Press in 2012. Her edited volumes were published in 2018 by MQUP (Giuliano de’Medici: Machiavelli’s Prince in Life and Art
) and MIP (Memorializing the Middle Classes in Medieval and Renaissance Europe
). She inaugurated the Italian Art Society’s IASblog in 2013 and served as editor until 2016. As an IATH Visiting Fellow, she is preparing her database of Florentine tombs (ca. 1250-1650) for publication online as an interactive website (http://sepoltuario.iath.virginia.edu/