Topic outline

  • Art and the Observance in The Oltrarno: The Early Visual Culture of Four Female Religious Communities in Quattrocento Florence

    Luca Signorelli, The Crucifixion with St. Mary Magdalen

    My thesis will examine the early artistic patronage of four female religious houses in the Santo Spirito Quartiere of Quattrocento Florence: San Vincenzo d'Annalena, Santa Chiara Novella, Santa Monaca and Santa Maria degli Angeli. These communities, each associated with a different mendicant order, were all founded within half a square mile of one another over a period of little more than a decade during the mid-fifteenth century. This project will provide an in-depth study of the artistic legacy of the individual foundations as well as an analysis of the relationships and connections that existed between them. Specifically, the thesis will articulate the kinds of networks that formed among the communities of devout women and the spiritual leaders, artists and benefactors who were associated with them in their early years. Ultimately, it will ask how such networks reflected, and indeed informed, the spiritual character of each community and thus the visual language of their artistic programmes. 

  • Education

    2011-2012, MA, The Courtauld Institute of Art: “The Arts of Florence and Central Italy 1400-1500” with Dr Scott Nethersole, Stanley Picker Trust Scholarship (Distinction) 

    Dissertation: “The artistic activities of the Gesuati friars at the convent of San Giusto alle Mura in fifteenth-century Florence” (Distinction) 

    2004-2007, BA, The University of Bristol, History of Art 
  • Recent Publications

  • Conference Papers

    May 2014: AAIS Conference, Zurich "Early Struggles: Four new nunneries in Quattrocento Florence" (Panel: Are "Invisible Madonnas" still invisible? Women and their agency in early modern times")

  • Works in Preperation

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    Other Academic Activity

    Research Forum Assistant, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Autumn Term 2013

    Member of the Postgraduate Advisory Group (since 2013) 

    Intern, Galleria degli Uffizi (current)