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Dr Paula Nuttall

Associate Lecturer

Paula Nuttall gained her B.A. and Ph.D from the Courtauld, writing her doctoral thesis on the reception of Netherlandish painting in fifteenth-century Florence. She is a specialist in artistic relations between Italy and Northern Europe, and has published widely in this field, notably from Flanders to Florence: the Impact of Netherlandish Painting, 1400-1500 (Yale University Press, 2004).

She was a member of the Scientific Committee for the exhibition Firenze e gli antichi Paesi Bassi at the Pitti Palace, Florence (2008), and co-curated the exhibition Face to Face: Flanders, Florence and Renaissance Painting at the Huntington Art Collection, San Marino, California (2013).

Paula is Director of the V&A Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Year Course, and as a member of the V&A Adult Learning team, lectures and consults on a number of V&A courses. She lectures for a range of other UK institutions including the National Gallery and Christies Education, and from 2005-2013 was Adjunct Professor on the London program of Grinnell College.

She is interested in all aspects of artistic exchange between fifteenth-century Italy and northern Europe, particularly Florence and the Netherlands. Current research interests include Memling’s responses to Italian renaissance sculpture, and Piero di Cosimo’s responses to Netherlandish painting.


Research interests

  • The reception of northern European art in fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century Italy
  • Secular imagery and vernacular culture in fifteenth-century Europe
  • The reception of Italian renaissance art in the fifteenth-century Netherlands

Recent publications


  •  Face to Face: Flemish painting and the Florentine Renaissance, Huntington Art Collection, San Marino (2013)
  • From Flanders to Florence: the Impact of Netherlandish Painting 1400-1500, New Haven and London: Yale University Press (2004)

Essays and articles

  •  ‘Flanders and Beyond’ in The Oxford Illustrated History of the Renaissance (forthcoming)
  • ‘Memling e l’Italia’ in Memling: Rinascimento Fiammingo, exhibition catalogue, ed. T. H. Borchert, Rome, Scuderie del Quirinale, 2014.
  •  ‘Reconsidering the Nude: Northern tradition and Venetian Innovation’ in The Meanings of Nudity in Medieval Art, ed. S. Lindquist (London 2012)
  • ‘Raphael and the “History of Troy” Tapestries at Urbino. The Judgment of Paris and the “Dream of a Knight”’ in J. Harris, S. Nethersole & P. Rumberg, eds., Un’ Insalata di più erbe.  A Festschrift for Patricia L. Rubin (London 2011)
  • ‘Dancing, Love and the “Beautiful Game”: a new interpretation of a group of fifteenth-century “gaming” boxes’, Renaissance Studies, 24 (2010); reissued in P. Motture and M. O’Malley, eds., Re-thinking Renaissance Objects: Design, Function and Meaning (Oxford 2011)
  • ‘The Bargello Gamesboard: a north-south hybrid’, The Burlington Magazine, CLII (2010), 716-222
  • ‘L’arte fiamminga a Firenze’, and catalogue entries in B.W. Meijer, ed., Firenze e gli antichi Paesi Bassi, 1430-1530; dialoghi tra artisti, exhibition catalogue, Florence, Palazzo Pitti, (Livorno, 2008)
  • ‘Memling and the European Renaissance Portrait’ in T.H. Borchert, ed., Memling’s Portraits, exhibition catalogue, Bruges, Groeninge Museum, Madrid, Thyssen Collection and New York, Frick Collection (Ghent-Amsterdam, 2005)


  • Piero di Cosimo 1462-1522: Pittore eccentrico fra rinascimento e maniera, Florence 2015, Art History (exhibition review, forthcoming)
  • Rogier van der Weyden, Madrid 2015, Renaissance Studies (exhibition review, forthcoming)
  • Federica Veratelli, À la mode italienne.  Commerce du luxe et diplomatie dans les Pays-Bas meridionaux, 1477-1530, Presses universitaires du Septentrion, Villeneuve d’Ascq (2013): book review, Burlington Magazine CLVI (2014) pp. 820-1
  • Van Eyck to Dürer: Bruges, 2010-11, exhibition review, Burlington Magazine, CLII (2011) 199-200
  • Rogier van der Weyden and the Master of Flemalle: Frankfurt/Berlin/Leuven 2008-9, exhibition review, Burlington Magazine, CLI (2009) 860-3
  • Edith Gabrieli, Cosimo Rosselli. Catalogo Ragionato, Turin (2007): book revew, Burlington Magazine, CLI (2009) 620

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