Désirée Cappa obtained a BA and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Calabria and a three-year postgraduate degree in medieval and Renaissance art history from the University of Pisa. She worked for four years at the Boboli Gardens Museum researching on the sculpture collection and the iconographic program of the gardens. In Florence, she also took part in different projects with the Gabinetto dei disegni e delle stampe degli Uffizi and the Fondazione Memofonte. In the UK, after an internship at Sotheby’s (Sculpture Department), she collaborated with various institutions such as the Garden Museum (London) and the Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge). She is also an editor of Albertiana, the journal of the Société internationale Leon Battista Alberti (Paris). Désirée is currently writing a PhD thesis (funded by the European Union) on Pierfrancesco Riccio (1501-64), tutor and ducal secretary of Cosimo I de’ Medici.
María Teresa Chicote is currently working on a PhD thesis at The Warburg Institute (Fundación La Caixa Scholarship – LAHP). The main focus of her research is the manipulation of Spanish historiography and memory through acts of patronage. In particular, her analysis focuses on the Marquises of Villena’s efforts to overcome the official negative image projected on certain sectors of the nobility by the monarchs between 1445 and 1529. In 2014, she completed the MA in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture offered by The Warburg Institute and the National Gallery (Distinction). In 2013, she obtained a BA in Art History from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid (Honours).
James Christie is a historian of science with an interest in early modern astronomy and astrology. He has a BA (Hons) in Early Modern and Medieval Studies from the University of Sydney, and an MA in the Cultural and Intellectual History of Europe from The Warburg Institute. He is currently writing a PhD thesis on the relationship between astrology and the ‘plurality of worlds’ debate in the 17th century.
Lorenza Gay is an art historian with a particular interest in iconography and iconology. Her PhD research is focused on the manners of representing the pagan gods in manuscript illuminations in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. She recently completed an MA at the Warburg Institute in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture in collaboration with the National Gallery of London. Prior to this she received a MA in Art History (summa cum laude) and a BA in History from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan.
Hanna Gentili is a PhD student at The Warburg Institute. Her research focuses on the Italian cultural context of the late fifteenth century and the logical and rhetorical strategies adopted in the early modern interreligious dialogue. Other areas of interest include the early modern notion of linguistic identity and philosophy of music. She recently completed a MA in Cultural and Intellectual History (1300-1650) at The Warburg Institute. Prior to this she received a MA (summa cum laude) in Philosophy and Forms of Knowledge and a BA in Philosophy at the University of Pisa.
Federica Gigante is currently completing her PhD thesis at the Warburg Institute (where she holds the J.B. Trapp Scholarship) co-supervised at SOAS. Her current research focuses on the collection of Islamic artworks of Ferdinando Cospi, a project supported by a one-year joint doctoral fellowship at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence and the Research Centre for Anatolian Civilizations of Koç University in Istanbul (RCAC). Her research interests include cultural and artistic exchanges between the European and Islamic worlds and, in particular, the mutual reception and interpretation of artistic forms. She holds an MA in Cultural and Intellectual History from the Warburg Institute, a second MA in Cultural Management from City University, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Islamic Art from SOAS. She has gained extensive working experience at, among others, the Cultural Department of the City of Milan, the Wallace Collection, UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, and Christie’s Auctioneers.
Finn Schulze-Feldmann is a PhD student at the Warburg Institute. In his doctoral studies he explores the reception of the Sibylline oracles in the context of the Reformation. He highlights the willingness to absorb the Sibyls as Christian prophets of pagan origin into the European culture of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries as well as the theological debate about the appropration of the Sibylline oracles as divine testimonies. After completing a BA in History and Musicology at the University of Potsdam, Finn obtained an MA in Cultural and Intellectual History from the Warburg Institute, London.