About

I am a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow in the History of Art Department at the University of Warwick (2018-2022). My research focuses on late medieval and early modern art and architecture, particularly the representation of architecture in other media, the intersection between artistic and architectural practice, the relationship between rhetorical theory and the visual arts, and exchanges between Western Europe, the Byzantine empire and the Muslim world. Before joining Warwick, I was a fellow at The Warburg Institute in London (2017) and taught at the University of York (2014 and 2016) and the Courtauld Institute of Art, London (2018).

My book, “Painting Architecture in Early Renaissance Italy: Innovation and Persuasion at the Intersection of Artistic and Architectural Practice,” was submitted to publishers in September 2021. Arguing that architecture in painting provided a unique platform for experimentation, the book contends that the architectural imagination of artists was instrumental in redefining the status of architectural forms as a kind of cultural currency. As it explores the nexus between innovation and persuasion, the volume highlights an early form of little-discussed ‘paragone’ between painting and architecture which relied on a shared understanding of architectural invention as a symbol of prestige.This approach offers a precious insight into how architectural forms were perceived and deployed, be they two or three-dimensional, at the same time clarifying the intersection of architecture and the figural arts in the work of later, influential figures like Giuliano da Sangallo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Baldassarre Peruzzi, whose work would not have been possible without the architectural experimentation of early fifteenth-century artists.

Current projects include a special collection of articles exploring artists’ contribution to architectural practice in early modern Europe, co-edited with Krista De Jonge, and a digital exhibition with the Sir John Soane Museum in London, entitled “Before the Painter- Architect. Reinventing Architecture Through Painting and Drawing in Renaissance Italy” (scheduled for spring 2023). Further research plans include a second book project on the production of architectural knowledge in early modern Europe and nascent orientalist discourses engaging with the Ottoman Empire, and a reassessment of architecture in Rajput and Mughal painting.

I also work as a specialist translator of Italian early modern primary sources, recently contributing translations for exhibitions “Titian: Love, Desire, Death” (National Gallery, London, 2020) and “Michelangelo & Sebastiano” (with Amanda Lillie, National Gallery, London, 2017).

Since 2020, I have been the Editor of the Italian Art Society ‘s Newsletter, so far producing four issues and a special issue on women in Italian art across the ages. A further special issue on global art history is scheduled for spring 2022.

Education

PhD University of York (2016), AHRC-funded

MA Courtaud Institute of Art, London (2012)

BA University of York (2011)

Publications

Book Manuscript (submitted to Harvey Miller September 2021)

Painting Architecture in Early Renaissance Italy: Innovation and Persuasion at the Intersection of Artistic and Architectural Practice

 

Peer-Reviewed Articles

 

2017     “The Rhetoric of Fictive Architecture: Copia and Amplificatio in Altichiero da Zevio’s Oratory of St George, Padua.” Architectural History, 60 (2017): 1-35.

 

Book Chapters

 

2023     Perspectiva and Prospectiva: Space and the Representation of Architecture in Early Renaissance Italy.” In Perspectives on Early Renaissance Pictorial Space, edited by Niko Munz, Sumihiro Oki and Charley Ladee. Turnhout: Brepols

2022    “La rhétorique du lieu. Art de la mémoire et architecture dans l’Oratoire St-Georges de Padoue.” In La figure et son lieu dans la peinture des Trecento-Quattrocento. Mnémonique et poétique, edited by Anne-Laure Imbert. Paris: Éditions de la Sorbonne.

2018    “Fictive Architecture and Pictorial Place: Altichiero da Zevio’s Oratory of St George in Padua (c.1379-1384).” In Place and Space in the Medieval World, edited by Jane Hawkes, Meg Boulton and Heidi Stoner, 137-148. New York and London: Routledge.

 

Specialist Translations

 

2020  Letters by Titian and Orazio Vecellio. In Titian: Love, Desire, Death, exh. cat., 194-195 and 197-203. London: National Gallery Company and Yale University Press.

 

2018    Angela Sanna, “Lucio Fontana and Futurism after the Second World War,” in International Yearbook of Futurism Studies, ed. by Günter Berghaus, Domenico Pietropaolo and Beatrice Sica, 150-186. De Gruyter.

 

2017  (with Amanda Lillie) Sebastiano del Piombo’s Letters to Michelangelo, 1518-1531. In Michelangelo & Sebastiano, exh. cat., 225-237. London: National Gallery Company and Yale University Press.

 

2016    Alessandro Nogarola, La vita della Serenissima Reina Maria d’Austria, Reina d’Ungheria, non meno brievemente che veracemente da un Cavaliere di sua Corte scritta (n.p., 1553), pp. 22-24. Appendix 3 in Cordula van Wyhe, “The Fabric of Female Rule in Leone Leoni’s Statue of Mary of Hungary, c. 1549-1556.” In Cambridge and the Study of Netherlandish Art, edited by Meredith Hale, pp. 135-168. Turnhout: Brepols.

 

Book Reviews

  

2019    Gerardo de Simone, Il Beato Angelico a Roma (1445-1455). Rinascita delle arti e Umanesimo cristiano nell’Urbe di Niccolò V e Leon Battista Alberti. Florence: Leo Olschki, 2018. The Burlington Magazine, 161, 614-615.

 

Béla Zsolt Szakács, The Visual World of the Hungarian Angevin Legendary. Budapest and New York: Central European University Press, 2016. Speculum, 94, n. 2, 606-608.

 

Other Publications

 

2020    “Curatorial Perspective. Titian: Love, Desire, Death, National Gallery, London, 16 March – 14 June 2020. An interview with Matthias Wivel, Curator of Sixteenth-Century Italian Painting.” Italian Art Society Newsletter, Spring.

 

2019    “Rhetorical Structures: Architectural Settings in Early Renaissance Italian Painting.” Leverhulme Trust 2018 Annual Review, 50-51.

 

2017    Exhibition Review: “Giovanni da Rimini: a 14th-Century Masterpiece Unveiled, National Gallery, London, 14 June – 8 October 2017. Italian Art Society Newsletter, Summer.

 

Projects

DIGITAL EXHIBITION – SIR JOHN SOANE MUSEUM, LONDON (scheduled for spring 2023)

Before the Painter-Architect: Reinventing Architecture through Painting and Drawing in Renaissance Italy 

Centred around the Soane’s North Italian album, this exhibition traces the markedly architectural character of painting in Northern Italy between the fourteenth and the fifteenth centuries, investigating the relationship between architecture in painting and architecture in drawing, and encouraging us to reconsider the value of architectural imagination beyond the Renaissance.

 

JOURNAL PROJECT

Process 

A journal exploring artistic process and the dialogue across crafts and media, as well as historiographical reflections on our disciplinary practices as art historians which so often lead us to consider different crafts in isolation.

 

Translation Projects

‘De architectura sacrae aedis Castelleonis.’ Francesco Pizolpasso’s Letter to Cardinal Juan Cervantes on the architecture of Castiglione Olona, 1432. (with Iván Parga Ornelas)

‘To the Lord Michelangelo, Most Worthy Sculptor.’ A Translation and Critical Edition of Sebastiano del Piombo’s Letters to Michelangelo.

 

PAST PROJECTS

2014 –2018 Exploring Fourteenth-Century Art Across the Eastern and Western Christian World (with Maria Alessia Rossi, Index of Christian Art, Princeton University)

The project explores links between Catholic and Orthodox art during the fourteenth century, re-examining traditional views of both Eastern and Western Christian art and investigating their artistic interchange.

Events:

2018    Artistic Encounters: Italy and the Byzantine Empire, 1261-1459, Summer School, Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

2017    Lecture by Donal Cooper (University of Cambridge), “Breaking with Byzantium: Franciscan Artistic Patronage and Piety and Patronage in Central Italy at the Dawn of the Trecento,” University of York (27 Feb)

2016    Lecture by Elena Papastavrou (Ephorate of Antiquities, Pieria, Hellenic Ministry of Culture), “The Virgin Singing the Magnificat, the Virgin Carrying the Divine Word: Symbolism and Signs between Byzantine and Western Art,” Courtauld Institute of Art, London (2 Nov)

Panels Exploring the Fourteenth Century Across the Eastern and Western Christian World, I, II, III, International Medieval Congress, Leeds (4-7 July)

2015    A Severed Bond? Exploring Fourteenth-Century Art Across the Eastern and Western Christian World, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London (15 May)

 

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

Performing Magnificence

Architecture and Identity in the Frescoes of Santa Maria della Scala’s Pellegrinaio

Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (2022, exact date tbc)

Memberships

Association for Art History (since 2010)

 

Italian Art Society (since 2016; currently serving as the editor of the society’s Newsletter)

 

Renaissance Society of America (since 2016)

 

Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (since 2019)

 

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