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Syracuse University London
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Italian Renaissance art, Italian Renaissance history, Italian Renaissance art history, nuns, Italian Renaissance, women's patronage, bronzes, Giambologna, Sister Domenica da Paradiso, Renaissance Florence
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About Me

I’m an American art historian who moved to the UK in 2006 as a Kress Curatorial Fellow to work on the redisplay of the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, where I remained for two years. From 2008 – 2013 I worked as a research assistant and writer with the London art dealer Patricia Wengraf, and returned to higher education after the birth of my son. I’m now the Assistant Director for Teaching & Learning at Syracuse University London, where I work with over 60 adjunct faculty and  teach art history.

I’m currently writing a book on Sister Domenica da Paradiso, a sixteenth-century Florentine mystic and religious reformer who became the first lower-class woman in Renaissance Italy to build a convent. She was a follower of Girolamo Savonarola, the Dominican friar who tried to make Renaissance Florence a holy city. Other research interests include Renaissance and Baroque bronzes.

Recent Publications

“Miraculous Images at the convent of la Crocetta in Renaissance Florence.” In Saints, Miracles and the Image: Healing Saints and Miraculous Images in the Renaissance. eds. S. Cardarelli and L. Fenelli, Brepols, forthcoming.

“The Confessor’s House at a Renaissance Convent: The Canon Francesco da Castiglione’s Bequest and Inventory.” In Encountering the Renaissance. Celebrating Gary Radke and 50 Years of the Syracuse University Graduate Program in Renaissance Art, eds.  A. V. Coonin and M. Bourne, New Jersey: WAPAAC & Zephyr Scholarly Publications, 2016, 225-234.

“Preaching in a Poor Space: Savonarolan influence at Sister Domenica’s Convent of La Crocetta in Renaissance Florence,” in Patronage, Gender & the Arts in Early Modern Italy: Essays in Honor of Carolyn Valone, Katherine A. McIver and Cynthia Stollhans, Editors. New York: Italica Press, 2015, 211-230.

Editorial and Research Assistant, Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Hill Collection. exh. cat. The Frick Collection, New York, 28 January–14 June, 2014. London: Paul Holberton Publishing, 2014.

with Donal Cooper, “Sacred Space in the Modern Museum: Redisplaying the Santa Chiara Chapel in the V&A’s Medieval and Renaissance Galleries” V&A Online Journal 5, Spring 2013.

“Bronzino, Giambologna and Adriaen de Vries: Influence and Innovation in the paragone.” In A Scarlet Renaissance, Essays in Honor of Sarah Blake McHam, ed. A. V. Coonin, New York: Italica Press, 2013, 57-79.

“Giambologna’s Rented House,” The Burlington Magazine, 155 (January  2013), 29-30.

“Suor Domenica da Paradiso as “alter Christus”: Portraits of a Renaissance Mystic.” The Sixteenth Century Journal43, 2 (2012): 323-350.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
Pre-17th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Pedagogy, Religion, Urban History, Women