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Di Dio
University of Vermont
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Art History, Renaissance Studies, Renaissance Italy, Renaissance Spain, Global Exchange in the Early Modern Period, Art collecting, Art and its destruction in wartime (from the ancient world to today), Women in Early Modern Europe; the Hapsburgs; Renaissance Patronage, Florence, Italy; Renaissance and Baroque Sculpture, Michelangelo, Artists' Biographies, Italian Artists in Spain, Confederate Monuments in America
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About Me

Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio is Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Art History at the University of Vermont. She is a specialist of Italian and Spanish sixteenth- and seventeenth-century sculpture, collecting, state gifts, and artistic exchange. She has published widely on these issues; including books: Leone Leoni and the Status of the Artist at the End of the Renaissance(Ashgate, 2011); Sculpture Collections in Early Modern Spain(with Charo Coppel, Ashgate, 2014); Making and Moving Sculpture in Early Modern Italy(Ashgate, 2015); Artistic Circulation between Italy an Spain (with Tommaso Mozzati, Routledge, 2019); and Shipping Sculptures in and out of Early Modern Italy(forthcoming); and dozens of articles and essays.  She is the series editor for Routledge’s Visual Culture in Early Modernity series, and is on the advisory board for Oxford Bibliographies. Her research has been supported by fellowships and grants from the Ministry of Arts and Culture of Spain, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Medici Archive Project, and Harvard’s Center for Renaissance Studies “Villa I Tatti,” and she has lectured at major museums and universities across Europe and North America.   She is an award-winning teacher at the University of Vermont, where she teaches courses on Global Baroque art, Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art, Spanish Renaissance and Baroque, Museum Studies, and Art and Its Destruction.

Recent Publications

Essays since 2013 (starting with most recent):

 “Women in Niches: The Tomb Sculpture of Juana de Austria,” The Making of Juana de Austria: Gender, Art and Patronage in Early Modern Iberia, ed. Noelia García Pérez, Nebraska University Press (Series: New Hispanisms), forthcoming 2019.

“Uncovering the Uncovered: Nude Sculptures, their Display, and Female Viewership in 17th-Century Spain,” In Companion to Early Modern Spanish Literature and Culture, edited by Caroline Egan and Rodrigo Cacho Casal. Routledge (peer-reviewed, forthcoming 2019) 

“Raised Horse and the Rise of Sculptors in the Renaissance,” Leonardo da Vinci and the Budapest Horse and Rider. Exhibition catalogue. Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, 2018, 131-150 (invited, peer-reviewed). 

“Shipping Sculptures from Italy to Spain c.1550-1700,” Making and Moving Sculpture in Early Modern Italy (October 2015, peer-reviewed). 

“Leone Leoni’s Habsburg Portraits and the Taste for Sculpture in Spain,” The Art of Leone and Pompeo Leoni. Museo del Prado/Brepols, 2013, 46-55. 

“From Medalist to Sculptor: Leone Leoni’s Bronze Bust of Charles V,” A Scarlet Renaissance: Essays in Honor of Sarah McHam. Italica Press, 2013, 111-130 (peer-reviewed). 

“Sculpted Diplomacy: State gifts of sculpture between Italy and Spain in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries,” The Art of the Gift: Cultural Exchange between Italy and Spain (1550-1650), Atti del convegno internazionale, Biblioteca Hertziana/ Max Plank Institute, Rome, Italy (Silvana Editoriale, Rome, 2013), 51-65. (peer-reviewed). 


Books since 2013 (starting with most recent):

 Co-editor, with Tommaso Mozzati, Artistic Circulations between Early Modern Spain and Italy. Routledge, 2019 (forthcoming, peer-reviewed) 

Editor, Making and Moving Sculpture in Early Modern Italy. Ashgate, October 2015 (286 pages, peer-reviewed) 

Sculpture Collections in Early Modern Spain with Rosario Coppel Aréizaga, Ashgate, December 2013, 464 pages. (peer-reviewed) 

Leone and Pompeo Leoni: Art and Fame, co-author with Rosario Coppel and Margarita Estella. Coll & Cortés, 2013. (co-author and co-translator, Spanish to English) 195 pages. 

Co-translator (Spanish to English) of Rosario Coppel, A Newly Discovered Autograph Bronze by Giambologna. Coll & Cortés, 2013. 

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Italy, Spain
Expertise by Geography
Mediterranean, Spain, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Pre-17th century, 17th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Art & Architectural History, Gender, Holocaust & Nazi Persecution