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Dr Scott Nethersole

Senior Lecturer in Italian Renaissance Art, 1400-1500

Scott Nethersole read History of Art as a BA and MA student at The Courtauld, where he specialised in Florentine Renaissance art. After four years working for the English furniture department at Sotheby’s, he returned to The Courtauld to take his PhD, writing his thesis on ‘The Representation of Violence in Fifteenth-century Florence’. While writing his doctorate he held the Michael Bromberg Fellowship in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum. From 2008 to 2010, he was the Harry M Weinrebe Curatorial Assistant at the National Gallery, London, before returning to The Courtauld to take up the post of Lecturer in Italian Renaissance Art in September 2010. Scott curated the exhibition Devotion by Design: Italian Altarpieces before 1500 at the National Gallery in summer 2011.


Scott’s research focuses on fifteenth-century Florence, although his teaching embraces much more of central Italy, especially Siena and Perugia. His book Art and Violence in Early Renaissance Florence will appear with Yale University Press in June 2018. He is currently completing a book on the Art of Renaissance Florence for a broader audience, which should be published in late 2018. He is also interested in the reception of Renaissance art, especially in the seventeenth century, by artists such as Sassoferrato and Carlo Dolci.

Teaching 2017-18

  • BA3: Manifestations of Power: The Visual Culture of Fifteenth-Century Florence
  • BA2 Constellations: Questioning the Italian Renaissance: Art in Italy from 1470 to 1527 (with Dr Guido Rebecchini)

PhD Supervision


  • Giulio Dalvit, ‘Rethinking Lorenzo di Pietro, known as Vecchietta’
  • Peter Crack (co-supervised with Susanna Avery-Quash), ‘Justifying the ‘Italian Primitives’: Public Acquisitions in Twentieth-Century Britain’
  • Emily Markham, Controlling Space, Image and Memory: A Study of Political Exile in Bologna and Florence (1445 to 1515)
  • Bryony Bartlett-Rawlings (co-supervised with Guido Rebecchini), ‘Nicoletto da Modena and the Centres of Early Italian Print Production, 1490-1530’
  • Alexander Noelle, ‘The Myth and Manipulation of Giuliano de’ Medici’
  • Alexander Rostel, ‘Art and Devotion under Savonarola, 1494-1498’
  • Eowyn Kerr-Di Carlo (co-supervised with Joanna Cannon), ‘Lorenzo Monaco and the Missal of Cardinal Acciaiuoli: Patronage, Production and the Painter-illuminators of Early Renaissance Florence’

Recently completed

  • (2015) Mary Camp (co-supervised with Prof. Paul Hills), ‘”Superare la natura”: The Portraits of Jacopo Pontormo’
  • (2017) Joost Joustra, ‘Pictorial Space and Sacred Subject Matter in Florentine Painting 1425-1466’
  • (2017) Laura Llewellyn, ‘Art, Community and Religious Women in the Oltrarno, Florene: The Early Visual Culture of the Convents of Santa Monaca, Santa Chiara and the Annalena’

Research interests

  • Central Italian, especially Florentine, Art of the Fifteenth Century
  • Violence in Art

Forthcoming publications


  • Art and Violence in Early Renaissance Florence, with Yale University Press (
  • The Art of Renaissance Florence: A City and its Legacy with Laurence King (due: late 2018)

Recent publications


  • ‘Una insalata di più erbe’: A Festschrift for Patricia Lee Rubin, Harris, S. Nethersole and P. Rumberg (eds.), London, 2011
  • Devotion by Design: Italian Altarpieces before 1500, exh. cat. National Gallery, London, 2011

Essays, articles and reviews

  • Armeggerie, wedding chests and battles in fifteenth-century Florence’, Renaissance Studies, 32:2, April 2018, pp. 282-304
  • ‘Introduction: Ghiberti and the Courtauld’, Sculpture Journal, 26:1, 2017, pp. 93-98
  • ‘The First Murder: The Representation of Cain and Abel in Bologna, Florence and Bergamo’ in T. Dean and K. J. P. Lowe (eds.), Murder in Renaissance Italy, Cambridge, 2017, 15-40
  • ‘Carlo Dolci and the Art of the Past’ in E. Straussman-Pflanzer (ed.), Carlo Dolci: The Medici’s Painter and 17th-Century Florence, New Haven and London, 2017, pp. 42-53
  • ‘“ Parve cosa miracolosa”: Giusto Giusti d’ Anghiari and Leonardo da Vinci’ in J. Harris, S. Nethersole and P. Rumberg (eds.), ‘Una insalata di più erbe’: A Festschrift for Patricia Lee Rubin, London, 2011, pp. 73-82
  • ‘Drunkenness, War and Sovereignty: Three stucco panels from the Palazzo Scala in Florence’, Art History, 34: 3, June 2011, pp. 466-485
  • (with Helen Howard), ‘Two Copies of Perugino’s Baptism of Christ’, The National Gallery Technical Bulletin, 31, 2010, pp. 78-95
  • (with Helen Howard), ‘Perugino, Sassoferrato and a “beautiful little work” in the National Gallery, London’, The Burlington Magazine, CLII: 1286, June 2010, pp. 376-384
  • ‘The Power of Beautiful Nudity in Donatello’s Bronze David’, Immediations 1:2, 2005, pp. 6-24


  • Review of exhibition: Bagliori dorati: Il Gotico Internazionale a Firenze, 1375-1440, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, 2012, Renaissance Studies
  • Review of exhibition: La Sainte Anne l’ultime chef-d’œuvre de Léonard de Vinci, Musée du Louvre, Paris 2012, The Burlington Magazine, CLIV, July 2012, pp. 512-514
  • Entries on Leonardo’s anatomical and proportional drawings, as well as his Saint Jerome, in L. Syson (ed.), Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan, exh. cat. National Gallery, London, 2011.
  • ‘Florence domestic paintings, Florence’, Review of exhibition: Virtù d’amore: Pittura nuziale nel quattrocento fiorentino, Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence, 2010, The Burlington Magazine, CLII, September 2010, pp. 637-639
  • Online catalogue entries for Italian paintings included in Close Examination: Fakes, Mistakes and Discoveries, exh. cat. National Gallery, 2010
  • Review of exhibition: Botticelli, Städel Museum, Frankfurt, 2009-10, The Burlington Magazine, CLII: 1283, February 2010, pp. 126-8.
  • ‘After Michelangelo: Leda and the Swan’, catalogue entry in Botticelli to Titian: Two Centuries of Italian Masterpieces, exh. cat., Szepmuveszeti Muzeum, Budapest, 2009
  • Review of book: David Summers, Vision, Reflection & Desire in Western Painting, The Burlington Magazine, CLI: 1281, December 2009, p. 840.
  • Review of book: Jonathan Conlin, Civilisation, The Burlington Magazine CLI:1278, September 2009, pp. 627-28.

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