Matteo Chirumbolo

PhD student


  • PhD Candidate, Courtauld Institute of Art (2018-present)
  • MA History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art (2015-2016)
    Special option: ‘From Dante to Michelangelo: rhetoric, representation and identity in Italian art and literature, c.1300-1550’ Supervisors: Dr. Scott Nethersole, Dr. Federica Pich
    Dissertation title: Contracts, contexts and contents: Defendente Ferrari’s polyptych at Sant’Antonio di Ranverso
  • BA Classics and Comparative Literature, King’s College London (2011-2014)
    Dissertation title: The reception of Lucan’s political ideology in the works of P.B Shelley and G. Leopardi

Research interests

  • Cardinals’ patronage networks in the Quattrocento and early Cinquecento
  • Cultural and artistic translation in late-Fifteenth-Century northern and central Italy
  • Savoy, Piedmont and Turin in the Renaissance
  • The relationship between the Renaissance and Antiquity
  • Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth Century European sculpture (with a particular focus on Italy, France and England)

Conference papers

  • The Itinerant Shrine. Art, History, and the Multiple Geographies of the Santa Casa di Loreto, Clive’s Conference, The Courtauld Institute of Art, June-July 2022, convener
  • ‘Secondary’ artists for ‘secondary’ patrons: Girolamo Basso della Rovere (ca 1440-1507), Bernardino de’ Cuppis and the Marian fresco cycles at Santa Maria del Popolo and Sant’Onofrio al Gianicolo (Rome), Université de Nantes, December 2019
  • Inside the exhibition: temporality, device and narrative, Swiss Institute, Rome, October 2020, convener


  • Doctoral Fellow, Abteilung Gerhard Wolf, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz (2022)
  • Doctoral Fellow, Abteilung Alessandro Nova, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz (2020-2022)