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Dr Barbara Furlotti

Associate Lecturer

Barbara Furlotti completed her PhD at Queen Mary University of London in 2009 with a thesis on the consumption and collecting practices at the court of Paolo Giordano I Orsini, which has been published as A Renaissance Baron and his Possessions. Paolo Giordano I Orsini (1541-1585), Turnout, Brepols 2012. In 2009-2010, she was awarded a post-doctoral residential fellowship at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, where she was involved in the Getty research project The Display of Art in Roman Palaces, 1550-1750, exploring in particular the subject of mobility of artistic and luxury works at aristocratic courts. In 2012-2015, she was a Marie Curie Fellow (Senior Researcher) of the Gerda Henkel Stiftung at the Warburg Institute in London with a project focussing on the market for antiquities in sixteenth-century Rome.


  • MA Italian Renaissance
  • BA3, Spring Term – Painting in the North Italian Courts from Mantegna to Titian, c. 1460-1550

Research interests

  • Renaissance Italian Art
  • History of Collecting
  • Antiquarianism
  • Art Market in Renaissance Italy

Recent publications


  • Marbles in Motion. The Journey of Antiquities from Excavation Sites to Renaissance Collections, in preparation with the Getty Research Institute.
  • A Renaissance Baron and his Possessions. Paolo Giordano I Orsini (1541-1585), in the UCLA series ‘Cursor Mundi’ (Brepols, Turnhout).


  • L’influence des mots, le pouvoir des images : acheter de l’art à distance en Italie aux XVI et XVII siècles‘, in Luisa Capodieci and Isabelle His, eds, La Noblesse et les arts, monographic issue of the journal Seizième Siècle, no. 12 (2016), pp. 127-43.
  • ‘The Performance of Displaying. Gesture, Behaviour and Art in Early Modern Italy’, Journal of the History of Collections, 27 (2015), no. 1, pp. 1-13.
  • ‘New Considerations on a Set of Portrait Drawings of the Orsini Family by Giovanni Campagna’, The Getty Research Journal, no. 5 (2103), pp. 15-28. 13.
  • ‘From Paolo Giordano II Orsini to Cardinal Mazarin: The Journey from Rome to France of a Painting by Jacopo Bassano’, Studiolo, no. 10 (2013), pp. 74-79.

Essays in Edited Volumes

  • ‘Constructing Antiquities as Luxury Goods in Early Modern Rome: a Preliminary Overview’, in Alain Bonnet and Natacha Coquery, eds, Le commerce du luxe – le luxe du commerce. Production, exposition et circulation des objects précieux du moyen âge à nos jours (Paris: Mare et Martin, 2015), pp. 95-103.
  • ‘The Display in Motion’, in Gail Feigenbaum, ed., Display of Art in the Roman Palace, 1550-1750 (The Getty Research Institute Publications, Los Angeles, 2014), pp. 146-56.
  • ‘Unexpected Shifts. Thieves as Mobilizers of Art and Luxury Goods in Early Modern Italy’, in G. Ulrich Großmann and Petra Krutisch, eds, The Challenge of the Object / Die Herausforderung des Objekts (Nuremberg, Germanischen Nationalmuseums, 2014), pp. 35-38.

Recent grants

  • 2009-2009, The Getty Research Institute Residential Fellowship, Los Angeles. Title of Project: Mobility and Display in Early Modern Italy: The Orsini Collection in Rome.
  • 2012-2015, Marie Curie Fellowship of the Gerda Henkel Stiftung at The Warburg Institute, London. Title of Project: Antiquities in Motion in Early Modern Rome: People, Objects and Practices.

Other professional activity

  • 2012-ongoing: Member of the Advisory Board for the Digital Isabella d’Este (IDEA) project, based at the University of California, Humanities Research Institute, Santa Cruz, and directed by Prof. Deanna Shemek.
  • 2008-ongoing: Member of the Renaissance Society of America

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