Leverhulme Research Assistant (Raphael Project)

Angelamaria Aceto
Angelamaria Aceto

Tel: 01865 278050

Since 2016 I have had the privilege to take part in a major research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust, led by Dr Catherine Whistler, which explores Raphael’s drawings with the concept of eloquence as a research theme. My efforts have been focusing on articles and research papers presenting original contributions on Raphael as a draughtsman, contributing to the catalogue which accompanies the exhibition 'Raphael: the Drawings' (Ashmolean Museum 1 June–September), as well as disseminating the research outputs through teaching. I have been working particularly closely with our Paper Conservation Department investigating and interpreting new data unveiled by cutting edge non-invasive technical analysis and am collaborating with Alexandra Greathead, the Senior Paper Conservator, on research papers and publications.

My wider research interests and publications in peer-reviewed journals encompass Italian and French graphic arts and reflect my long-standing interest in the functions, uses and materiality of early modern drawings, as well as presenting newly discovered sheets (Aceto 2014 and 2016). Alongside my love for works on paper, I have pursued a keen interest in architectural history: my essay on the Caracciolo di Vico Chapel in San Giovanni a Carbonara in Naples, one of the most important monuments of Renaissance Italy, resolved the vexed question of the attribution of its design (Aceto 2010). My most recent publication throws light on the production of architectural books in late Baroque Rome and on the powerful publisher Giovanni Giacomo de’ Rossi (Aceto 2017b) and fuses my two passions. 

I was educated as an art historian at the University Federico II in Naples before completing an MA at the UCL focusing on graphic arts. I joined the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum as a Michael Bromberg Fellow and subsequently the Ashmolean Museum as a Print Room Assistant and then Print Room Supervisor. I was the recipient of the 2013 Francis Haskell Memorial Fund to spend a period of research in Florence, Uffizi, GDSU. Shortly after becoming Senior Print Room Supervisor, I was appointed Research Assistant on a Leverhulme-funded research project that aims to transform our understanding of Raphael using eloquence in drawing as a research tool.  


2018 Raphael in three early drawings around 1499 (and a new source for the Massacre of the Innocents), Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz, forthcoming 2018
2017 (Sept) From Building to Print: Giovanni Giacomo de’ Rossi and the making of architectural books, The Burlington Magazine, pp. 607-705
2017 Raphael. The Drawings in C. Whistler and B. Thomas with Achim Gnann Oxford 
2016 A rediscovered drawing by Jean Boulanger (c.1608–1680), Print Quarterly, (4), pp. 406–14 
2015 Drawing in Venice. Titian to Canaletto in C. Whistler et. al., Oxford, pp. 197–207
2014 Rare drawings for Prints by Francesco Antonio Bufalini, Print Quarterly, (2), pp. 167–74
2013 A newly discovered miraculous print from Naples, Ashmolean Magazine, 66, pp. 14–15
2010 La Cappella Caracciolo di Vico in San Giovanni a Carbonara a Napoli e il problema della sua architettura, Bollettino d’Arte del Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, (6), pp. 47–80 


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