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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 Institute’s Photographic Collection, before starting to teach Medieval and Renaissance Studies at University College London.

Research Summary

I work mainly on the relations between Christianity and Antiquity as expressed through art and theology in Early Modern Europe. My areas of specialization are Renaissance art and intercultural relations between Italy and France and Italy and Spain.

I am currently 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 Renaissance Rome, female patronage in 16th-century Italy and France (in particular, Renée de France in Ferrara), issues of making and meaning (in particular, in relation to Michelangelo and on notions of ‘meaning’ in Renaissance art theory), Renaissance representations of the afterlife and relations between art and religious authority in Southern Europe (namely, 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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