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Ilaria Bernocchi

Ilaria Bernocchi

Department: History of Art

Supervisor: Dr Alexander J. Marr

College: Pembroke

AHRC Subject Area: History of Art/Humanities

Title of Thesis: Italian Allegorical Portraits, c. 1500-1700.


After graduating from the University of Pavia with a BA cum laude in History of Art, I decided to focus specifically on Italian art of the sixteenth and seventeenth century.  Two aspects in particular are at the core of my academic interests: the relationship that the Renaissance established with classical and medieval sources; and the way in which this relationship influenced the visual arts.

My interest in iconography and the reception of classical themes in Renaissance art led me to undertake a Master’s degree in Cultural and Intellectual History, 1300-1650 at the Warburg Institute, where I was awarded with Distinction with a dissertation on a manual on the Muses by the Ferrarese Lilio Gregorio Giraldi (1479 – 1552).

In parallel with my academic studies, I have cultivated a more direct knowledge of art thanks to some work experiences at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Dulwich Picture Gallery and in the Old Master Paintings department at Sotheby’s London.

With my doctoral project, I aim to explore the ways in which early modern men and built their public and private identity through portraiture, and how this process made use of references to mythological and religious figures.

Other academic interests

Classical Mythology and Mythographic Manuals;
Art Historiography;
Art and Musical Theory;
Renaissance Courtly Culture;
The Role of Women in the 16th and 17th Century;
Antiquarian Books;
Renaissance Fashion;
Early modern Theatre and Masques.