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Dr Guido Rebecchini

Associate Dean for Students (2019-2021)

Guido Rebecchini read History of Art at the Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, before going to the Università degli Studi di Siena, where he took a MA on the ‘Tradizione dell’Antico nel Medioevo e nel Rinascimento’. In 2000, he obtained his PhD at the Warburg Institute and has subsequently taught at the Università di Siena from 2001 until 2009 and at the New York University and Syracuse University study-abroad centres in Florence in the years 2010-2012. Guido joined The Courtauld Institute of Art in Autumn 2013 as Lecturer in Sixteenth-Century Southern European Art. In January 2019 took up the position of Associate Dean for Students.

One strand of his research is focussed on the court of Mantua in the first half of the sixteenth century, especially on patronage and collecting. Related to this, is an ongoing interest in the figure, working methods and artistic output of Giulio Romano.

Outside Mantua, another strand of Guido’s research concerns the transition of Florence from a republican government to a duchy in the 1530s, and for what this has meant for the arts. In particular, he has focussed his research on Cardinal Ippolito de’ Medici and his cousin Alessandro de’ Medici, on their political and related artistic strategies, and cultural politics in general.

He is currently working on urbanism and the visual culture in Rome during the pontificate of Paul III (1534-1549) for a book-length project, which will be published by the publisher Harvey Miller in 2020. He is also co-curating with Barbara Furlotti and Linda Wolk-Simon an exhibition at the Palazzo Te in Mantua entitled Giulio Romano. Arte e desiderio nel Rinascimento / Giulio Romano: Art and Desire in the Renaissance (6 October 2019-6 January 2020).

Teaching 2019-20

Teaching 2018-19

Teaching 2017-18

Teaching 2016-17

PhD Supervision


  • Jasmine Clark, “Anticamente moderni e modernamente antichi: sixteenth-century Italian designs for silver vessels and dishes
  • Anna Merlini, ‘Symbolic images and the construction of knowledge: Encounters between scholars and artists in 16th-century Bologna’
  • Saida Bondini, ‘Decorating Chapels: Networks of Family Patronage in Late Fifteenth-century Bologna. Between Private Piety and Political Self-definition’, co-supervised with Dr Nicolas Bock (Université de Lausanne)
  • Bryony Bartlett-Rawlings, ‘Nicoletto da Modena and the Centres of Early Italian Print Production 1490-1530’, co-supervised with Dr Scott Nethersole
  • Adriana Concin, ‘Artistic and Cultural Exchanges between three courts: Florence, Vienna and Innsbruck’

Research interests

  • Sixteenth-century Italian art, politics and urbanism, especially in Rome
  • Courtly art and culture, with a focus on Mantua
  • Giulio Romano
  • History of collecting and antiquarian studies

Recent publications

Books, essays, articles and reviews

Mantua, collecting and Giulio Romano

  • Vasari, Alessandro de’ Medici, le arti e la politica della corte”, Horti Hesperidum. Studi di storia del collezionismo e della storiografia artistica, special issue on Giorgio Vasari, ed. Floriana Conte, I, 2016, 1, pp. 179-202. 
  • “Agostino Veneziano’s Suite of Three Women with Ancient Vases”, Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, 92, 2016, 2, special issue: Investigating Marcantonio Raimondi, ed. E. Wouk, pp. 129-144.  
  • Guido Rebecchini and Edward Wouk, “Biographical Notes on Marcantonio Raimondi and the publisher Il Baviera”, Edward Wouk (ed.), Marcantonio Raimondi, Raphael and the Image Multiplied, exhib. cat., Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2016, pp. 12-15.
  • Evidence: Inventories’, in The Display of Art in the Long Renaissance, ed. G. Feigenbaum, Los Angeles, Getty Publications, 2014, pp. 27-28.
  • ‘Pietro Bembo e Baldassarre Castiglione: teorici dell’arte e collezionisti’, in Pietro Bembo e le arti, conference proceedings, eds. G. Beltramini, H. Burns and D. Gasparotto, Venice, Marsilio, 2013, pp. 257-266.

‘Giulio Romano e la produzione di argenti per Ferrante ed Ercole Gonzaga’, in Prospettiva, 146, 2012, pp. 32-43.

  • ‘Le biblioteche di Battista Fiera e Giovan Benedetto Lampridio’, Civiltà mantovana, 134, 2012, special issue: Scritti in memoria di Clifford Malcolm Brown, eds P. Tosetti Grandi and A.M. Lorenzoni, Mantua, Il Bulino, 2012, pp. 109-124.
  • ‘Portraits by Objects. Three ‘Studioli’ in Sixteenth-Century Mantua’, in Mantova e il Rinascimento italiano: saggi in onore di David S. Chambers, eds P. Jackson and G. Rebecchini, Mantua, Sometti, 2011, pp. 77-94.
  • (with Dr Barbara Furlotti), The Art and Architecture of Mantua. Eight Centuries of Patronage and Collecting, London, Thames and Hudson, 2008. (Other editions: Il Rinascimento a Mantova, Florence, Giunti, 2008; The Art of Mantua. Art and Patronage in the Renaissance, Los Angeles, Getty Publications, 2008; L’Art à Mantoue, Paris, Hazan, 2008).
  • ‘I committenti dell’Antico tra modelli romani e classicismo lombardo’, in Bonacolsi l’Antico. Uno scultore nella Mantova di Andrea Mantegna e di Isabella d’Este, exhib. cat., eds D. Gasparotto and F. Trevisani, Milan, Electa, 2008, pp. 36-43.
  • ‘Qualche precisazione e un punto fermo per Ippolito Costa (1506-1535)’, Prospettiva, 128, 2007, pp. 58-61.
  • ‘Sculture e scultori nella Mantova di Giulio Romano. 2. Giovan Battista Scultori e il monumento di Girolamo Andreasi (con una precisazione per Prospero Clemente)’, Prospettiva, 110-111, 2003, pp. 130-139.
  • “Some Aspects of Cardinal Sigismondo Gonzaga’s Collections”, The Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 66, 2003, pp. 289-296.
  • Private Collectors in Mantua. 1500-1630, Rome, Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2002.
  • ‘Sculture e scultori nella Mantova di Giulio Romano. 1. Bernardino Germani e il sepolcro di Pietro Strozzi (con il cognome di Giovan Battista Scultori)’, Prospettiva, 108, 2002, pp. 65-79.
  • ‘Exchanges of Works of Art at the Court of Federico II Gonzaga with an Appendix on Flemish Art’, special issue: Art and Culture in Renaissance Mantua, ed. Molly Bourne, Renaissance Studies, 16, 2002, pp. 381-391.
  • ‘La corte e la città. Scambi e interferenze tra collezionisti privati mantovani e i Gonzaga’,in Gonzaga. La Celeste Galeria. Le raccolte, exhib. cat., ed. R. Morselli, Milan 2002, pp. 620-642.
  • ‘Further Evidence on the Books of Baldassarre Castiglione’, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 63, 2000, pp. 271-276.
  • ‘The Book Collection and Other Possessions of Baldassarre Castiglione’, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 61, 1998, pp. 17-52.
  • ‘Castiglione and Erasmus. Towards a Reconciliation?’, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 61, 1998, pp. 258-260.
  • ‘New Light on Two “Venuses” by Correggio’, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 60, 1997, pp. 272-275.
  • ‘Tiziano e Mantova: la Cena in Emmaus per Nicola Maffei’, Venezia Cinquecento, 10, 1995, pp. 41-68.

Florence and the Medici

  • ‘Les débuts de Jean Du Bellay à Rome, la cour d’Hippolyte de Médicis et le rôle de Giovan francesco Valier’, in Le cardinal Jean Du Bellay . Diplomatie et culture dans l’Europe de la Renaissance, eds. C. Michon and L. Petris, (Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2014) pp. 269-281.
  • ‘La politica dello stile: il giovane Vasari e la cerchia di Ippolito de’ Medici’, in Giorgio Vasari e il cantiere delle Vite del 1550, conference proceedings, eds. B. Agosti and S. Ginzburg, (Venice: Marsilio, 2013), pp. 13-27.
  • ‘Beyond Florence’s walls. A List of Evaluations of Buildings to Be Demolished in 1529-1530’, Getty Research Journal, 3, 2011, pp. 165-170.
  • «Un altro Lorenzo». Il cardinale Ippolito de’ Medici tra Firenze e Roma (1510-1535), Venice, Marsilio, 2010.
  • Le ville dei Medici da Firenze a Roma, Rome, Istituto poligrafico dello Stato, 2008.
  • ‘Fonti mantovane sul conflitto fra Alessandro de’ Medici e i fuoriusciti fiorentini durante la visita a Napoli di Carlo V nel 1536’, Archivio Storico Italiano, 577, 1999, pp. 517-528.

Rome, visual culture and urbanism

  • ‘Space, Memory and Conflict in Sixteenth-Century Rome’, I Tatti Studies: Studies in The Italian Renaissance, special issue: Street Life, Street Culture, eds. G. Clarke and F. Nevola, 16, 1-2, 2013, pp. 153-179.
  • ‘For Pleasure and for Entertainment: A Rustic Fountain in Sixteenth-Century Rome and a Project by Giovanni Mangone’, in Renaissance Studies in Honor of Joseph Connors, eds M. Israëls and L.A. Waldman, Milan, Officina Libraria, 2013, pp. 463-473.
  • ‘Michelangelo e le mura di Roma’, in Michelangelo architetto a Roma disegni della Casa Buonarroti di Firenze, exhib. cat., eds M. Mussolin and P. Ragionieri, Cinisello Balsamo (Mi), Silvana editoriale, 2009, pp. 106-110.
  • (Co-edited with Fabrizio Nevola), Urban History, 37, 2010, 1, special issue: Locating Communities in the Early Modern Italian City.
  • ‘After the Medici: The New Rome of Pope Paul III Farnese’, I Tatti Studies, 11, 2008, pp. 147-200.
  • ‘Giovan Francesco Arrivabene a Roma nel 1550. Una nuova descrizione del giardino del cardinale Federico Cesi’, Pegasus. Berliner Beiträge zum Nachleben der Antike (Bulletin of the Census of Antique Works of Art and Architecture Known in the Renaissance, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), 2, 2000, pp. 41-60.

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