Grant Lewis

PhD Student

My thesis will examine the patronage of the Loredan family in Venice and the terraferma in the early sixteenth century. Immortalised in paint by Giovanni Bellini, Doge Leonardo Loredan (1436-1521) is one of the most recognisable figures of Renaissance Italy, and yet his role as a patron of the arts at this seminal period in Venetian art history remains largely unexplored. Still more can be said about the array of artistic projects undertaken for the Doge’s wider family, which often overlapped with those overseen by Leonardo. Encompassing the public and the private, the official, religious and the dynastic, Loredan patronage will be shown to have been an extensive, thoroughly interconnected project, one that involved almost every major artist working in Venice in the early sixteenth century.

I have returned to the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum as curator for a show on Michelangelo, opening in 2024.

Professional Experience

2022-: The Milein Cosman Curator, Late Michelangelo, British Museum

2018-21: Getty Curatorial Fellow, Old Master Drawings, British Museum

2015-18: Prints and Drawings, British Library



Late Michelangelo, with S. Vowles, British Museum Press, 2024 (in progress).


‘Roman Prints in Renaissance England’ (in progress).

‘A draughtsman rediscovered: the workshop archive of Raffaello Vanni (1595-1673)’ (in progress).

‘Handel’s Art Collection’, Apollo, vol. 197, May 2023, pp. 70-5.

‘Tre nuovi disegni di Francesco Vanni per la “Caduta di Simon Mago” in Vaticano’, in M. Ciampolini ed., Francesco Rustici e il Naturalismo a Siena (Cinisello Balsamo: Silvana Editoriale, 2023), pp. 49-58.

Review of ‘Giorgio Vasari’s Drawings: A Mythical Collection’, Paris, Louvre and Stockholm, Nationalmuseum, Apollo, vol. 197, January 2023, pp. 98-9.

Three entries: ‘Progetto per brocca’, ‘Progetto per pinza da tavola’ and ‘Progetto per saliera’ in B. Furlotti and G. Rebecchini eds, Giulio Romano. La forza delle cose, exh. cat., Palazzo Te, Mantua (Venice: Marsilio, 2022), pp. 114-7, 122-3, 124-5.

Two entries: “Study for the Madonna of the Long Neck” and “Study for the Entombment/The Entombment” in K. Gottardo and G. Rebecchini eds, The Art of Experiment: Parmigianino at The Courtauld, exh. cat., Courtauld Gallery (London: Paul Holberton, 2022), pp. 72-7 and 126-31.

‘Bernardino Poccetti as Collector’, with A. Röstel, in A. Diéguez and A. Rodriguez Rebollo eds, The Pictor Doctus, between Knowledge and Workshop. Artists, Collections and Friendship in Europe, 1500-1900 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2021), pp. 47-75.

Current Exhibition Projects

Prints and Drawings from Renaissance & Baroque Genoa (title tbc), with Hugo Chapman, British Museum, Gallery 90, opening October 2023.

Venice 1500: Jacopo de’ Barbari and the rise of printmaking, British Museum, Gallery 90a, 23 January – 4 June 2023.

University Teaching

Courtauld Institute

2022-: Guest lecturer for MA courses: ‘Reframing Renaissance Art from Masaccio to Michelangelo’ and ‘Versions of Antiquity in Renaissance Venice, ca. 1470-1550’.

Guest lecturer, BA Year 3 course: ‘Inventing Michelangelo: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture and the Myth of the Artist’.

Cambridge University

2022-: Guest lecturer, MSt History of Art.

2018-21: Supervisor and lecturer, Part II undergraduate BA course: ‘Drawing in Renaissance Italy, c. 1480-1600’.

Public Lectures

‘Drawn to Malta: Mattia Preti’s Thinking on Paper’, National Museum of Malta, 2023.

‘Parmigianino Drawings at the British Museum’, Courtauld Institute, 2021.

Select conference papers

‘Drawing as performance in sixteenth-century Italy’, Courtauld Gallery, 2022.

‘A fresh look at Parmigianino: the use of blind stylus’, Renaissance Society of America, 2022.

‘A baroque draughtsman rediscovered: the workshop archive of Raffaello Vanni’, Renaissance Society of America, 2021.

‘Charles I’s collection of prints and drawings’, Royal Academy/Paul Mellon Centre, 2018.

‘Visual knowledge and the Grand Tour: the collection of Walter Bowman’, Institute for Historical Research, University of London, 2018.

Research interests

  • Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art
  • Patronage
  • Prints and Drawings
  • The History of Collecting
  • The Visual Arts in Britain, c. 1500-1800 (especially in Scotland)
  • Artistic Exchanges between Britain and Italy


MPhil – Cantab.

MA – Corpus Christi College, Cambridge