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Scott Nethersole

Lecturer in Renaissance Art
Scott Nethersole

Scott Nethersole read History of Art as a BA and MA student at The Courtauld, where he specialised in Florentine renaissance art. After four years working for the English furniture department at Sotheby’s, he returned to The Courtauld to take his PhD, writing his thesis on ‘The Representation of Violence in Fifteenth-century Florence’. While writing his doctorate he held the Michael Bromberg Fellowship in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum. From 2008 to 2010, he was the Harry M Weinrebe Curatorial Assistant at the National Gallery, London, before returning to The Courtauld to take up the post of Lecturer in Italian Renaissance Art in September 2010. Scott curated the exhibition Devotion by Design: Italian Altarpieces before 1500 at the National Gallery in summer 2011. He is currently completing a book entitled Art and Violence in Early Renaissance Florence.

Scott currently the Head of the BA and MA in History of Art Programmes.


  • MA History of Art: Continuity and Innovation: Reframing Italian Renaissance Art from Masaccio to Michelangelo
  • MA History of Art: From Dante to Michelangelo: Rhetoric, Representation and Identity in Italian Art and Literature: c1300-1550

PhD students


  • Joost Joustra, ‘Painted Boundaries: A Study of Sacred Space in Fifteenth-century Italian Art’
  • Laura Llewellyn, ‘Art and the Observance in the Oltrarno: The Early Visual Culture of Four Female Religious Communities in Quattrocentro Florence’
  • Bryony Bartlett-Rawlings (co-supervised with Guido Rebecchini), ‘Nicoletto da Modena and the Centres of Early Italian Print Production, 1490-1530’
  • Alexander Noelle, ‘The Myth and Manipulation of Giuliano de’ Medici’
  • Alexander Rostel, ‘Art and Devotion under Savonarola, 1494-1498’
  • Eowyn Kerr-Di Carlo (co-supervised with Joanna Cannon), ‘Lorenzo Monaco and the Missal of Cardinal Acciaiuoli: Patronage, Production and the Painter-illuminators of Early Renaissance Florence’

Recently completed

  • Mary Camp (co-supervised with Prof. Paul Hills), ‘”Superare la natura”: A Study of the Portraits of Jacopo Pontormo’

Research interests

  • Central Italian, especially Florentine, Art of the Fifteenth Century
  • Violence in Art

Forthcoming publications


  • Art and Violence in Early Renaissance Florence

Recent publications


  • ‘Una insalata di più erbe’: A Festschrift for Patricia Lee Rubin, Harris, S. Nethersole and P. Rumberg (eds.), London, 2011
  • Devotion by Design: Italian Altarpieces before 1500, exh. cat. National Gallery, London, 2011

Essays, articles and reviews

  • ‘“ Parve cosa miracolosa”: Giusto Giusti d’ Anghiari and Leonardo da Vinci’ in J. Harris, S. Nethersole and P. Rumberg (eds.), ‘Una insalata di più erbe’: A Festschrift for Patricia Lee Rubin, London, 2011, pp. 73-82
  • ‘Drunkenness, War and Sovereignty: Three stucco panels from the Palazzo Scala in Florence’, Art History, 34: 3, June 2011, pp. 466-485
  • (with Helen Howard), ‘Two Copies of Perugino’s Baptism of Christ’, The National Gallery Technical Bulletin, 31, 2010, pp. 78-95
  • (with Helen Howard), ‘Perugino, Sassoferrato and a “beautiful little work” in the National Gallery, London’, The Burlington Magazine, CLII: 1286, June 2010, pp. 376-384
  • ‘The Power of Beautiful Nudity in Donatello’s Bronze David’, Immediations 1:2, 2005, pp. 6-24.
  • Review of exhibition: Bagliori dorati: Il Gotico Internazionale a Firenze, 1375-1440, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, 2012, Renaissance Studies
  • Review of exhibition: La Sainte Anne l’ultime chef-d’œuvre de Léonard de Vinci, Musée du Louvre, Paris 2012, The Burlington Magazine, CLIV, July 2012, pp. 512-514
  • Entries on Leonardo’s anatomical and proportional drawings, as well as his Saint Jerome, in L. Syson (ed.), Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan, exh. cat. National Gallery, London, 2011.
  • ‘Florence domestic paintings, Florence’, Review of exhibition: Virtù d’amore: Pittura nuziale nel quattrocento fiorentino, Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence, 2010, The Burlington Magazine, CLII, September 2010, pp. 637-639
  • Online catalogue entries for Italian paintings included in Close Examination: Fakes, Mistakes and Discoveries, exh. cat. National Gallery, 2010
  • Review of exhibition: Botticelli, Städel Museum, Frankfurt, 2009-10, The Burlington Magazine, CLII: 1283, February 2010, pp. 126-8.
  • ‘After Michelangelo: Leda and the Swan’, catalogue entry in Botticelli to Titian: Two Centuries of Italian Masterpieces, exh. cat., Szepmuveszeti Muzeum, Budapest, 2009
  • Review of book: David Summers, Vision, Reflection & Desire in Western Painting, The Burlington Magazine, CLI: 1281, December 2009, p. 840.
  • Review of book: Jonathan Conlin, Civilisation, The Burlington Magazine CLI:1278, September 2009, pp. 627-28.

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