My research focuses on Italian Renaissance and Baroque art, with particular interests in techniques, workshop practice, and the roles that works of art play in religious culture. At the Ashmolean, I am contributing to the Italian Drawings Project. Working closely with Prof. Catherine Whistler, I am studying and writing about the museum’s collection of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Italian drawings. Our research will be made available online and will lead to a subsequent print catalogue.
My doctoral dissertation examined Italian Renaissance glazed terracotta sculpture, focusing on the four-generation Della Robbia family workshop. In connection with my Ph.D., I studied and published on the art of Renaissance hospitals, sculptors’ models and drawings, and polychrome sculpture. I have also contributed research to two recent exhibitions: Donatello, Michelangelo, Cellini: Sculptors’ Drawings from Renaissance Italy (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2014–2015), and Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2016–2017).
I received a Ph.D. in Art History from Columbia University, an M.Phil. in History of Art and Architecture from the University of Cambridge, and a B.A. in Italian and History of Art from Yale University. Before coming to Oxford, I lectured at the University of Edinburgh and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University.
2022 Achieving Consistency: Drawings, Models, and the Transmission of Knowledge in the Della Robbia Workshop, in M. Cole, A. Debenedetti, and P. Motture, eds., Creating Sculpture: Renaissance Drawings and Models (V&A Publishing, 2022), pp. 74–91.
2022 'A Rare Sixteenth-Century Etching in Honour of Cassy O'Brien,' Ashmolean Magazine 84 (autumn 2022), pp. 32–34.
2020 Narrating Charity at the Ospedale del Ceppo, in Jack Hartnell (ed.), Continuous Page: Scrolls and Scrolling from Papyrus to Hypertext (Courtauld Books Online), pp. 141–157.
2018 Renaissance Polychrome Sculpture in Tuscany, open-access image repository and database including catalogue entries, co- authored with UnaD’Elia and Heather Merla.
2014 Entries on Baccio Bandinelli and Fra Mattia della Robbia, in Michael Cole (ed.), Donatello, Michelangelo, Cellini: Sculptors’ Drawings from Renaissance Italy (London: Paul Holberton), pp. 152–155, 168–171.
Italian Drawing Project