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Dr Chiara Franceschini
Foster Court
Gower Street
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 1082
  • Teaching Fellow
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities


I studied archaeology, Renaissance art and early modern history in Pisa, at the Scuola Normale Superiore, from which I received my PhD in 2008. In 2009 I joined the Warburg Institute as a Newton International Postdoctoral Fellow. I subsequently took up a position as an academic assistant in the Warburg Institute’s Photographic Collection, before starting to teach Medieval and Renaissance Studies at University College London.

Research Summary

Early Modern European history and visual culture; Renaissance art.

I am interested in how images are made and in how they work, in their specific language as well as their ambiguity, and in their distinctive contribution to the history of cultures. My research interests include interactions between theology, religion and art; the visual relations between Christianity and Antiquity in the Renaissance; visual liminality; materiality and normativity. I am also working on Renaissance art theory and issues of meaning (in particular, in relation to Michelangelo), intercultural relations between Italy and France and Italy and Spain and on art historiography (in particular, the use of photography by art historians).

I am completing a monograph on images of limbo in the Renaissance. My new research project focuses on art, techniques of emotions and the limits of expression in Southern European art after the Council of Trent. My earlier publications concern family chapels in early modern Rome; female patronage in 16th century Italy and France (in particular, Renee de France in Ferrara); Renaissance representations of the afterlife and relations between art and religious authority in Southern Europe (in particular, art and Inquisition).

Teaching Summary

Undergraduate modules:

-  Renaissance History and Art (first year) – tutor

-  Michelangelo: sculptor, painter and poet (fourth year) – tutor

-  Censorship and Iconoclasm: texts and images under control in Early Modern Europe (first and second year) – tutor

-  The Image in European Culture (first and second year) – tutor

Graduate courses:
MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MARS), Interdepartmental, interfaculty MA, University College London:

-  Renaissance Texts: Resources and Research Techniques – convenor

-  Medieval and Renaissance Italian – convenor

[on leave in 2014-2015]


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