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Dr Lucia Tantardini Laurea (BA, MA), PhD (Cantab), FRSA


Dr Lucia Tantardini is a Research Fellow in the History of Art Department and a Fellow of Clare Hall College. Her research centres on the Italian Renaissance with an expertise in Milanese drawings and paintings spanning the period between Leonardo da Vinci’s stay in Milan and Caravaggio’s apprenticeship in that city. Her doctoral thesis – comprised of 4 volumes – is a comprehensive study of the oeuvre of Bernardino Luini’s sons, titled ‘The Brothers Luini: Aurelio, Giovan Pietro and Evangelista. With a complete catalogue of their drawings and paintings' (supervisor Professor Paul Joannides). Previously she has worked in the Department of Old Master Paintings and Drawings at Christie’s Milan and London, as well as in the Prints and Drawings Department at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she collaborated on the exhibition ‘Drawings in Dialogue. Old Master through Modern’.

Lucia spent the 2014-2015 academic year pursuing research across Italy where she has been awarded three short-term fellowships at the University of Milan, the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, and the Dutch University Institute for Art History, Florence, respectively. She co-organised two multi-panelled sessions at the Renaissance Society of America's Annual Meetings: ‘North Italian Renaissance 1450–1650: New Studies in Drawing and Painting’ (Berlin, 27 March 2015); 'Lomazzo’s aesthetic principles reflected in the art of his time' (Boston, 31 March 2016); and 'Drawing in '500 Milan' International Study Day (Cambridge, 5 July 2016) featuring international scholarship. She is currently working on the publication of her doctoral thesis (under contract, forthcoming 2017) and actively lectures in the Department of History of Art.

Research Interests

Disegno: theory and practice

Renaissance and Early Modern Italy, particularly Milan and Florence

Leonardo and the Leonardeschi of first and second generation

Lomazzo's art theory

The patronage of Carlo and Federico Borromeo


More widely, 1400-1800 European art, architecture, history, and theory

Key Publications

'Luini: drawings for San Maurizio' (article in preparation, forthcoming 2017).

'Giulio Cesare Procaccini's earliest known drawing and his contacts with Aurelio Luini' (article accepted by the Burlington Magazine - forthcoming).

'Aurelio Luini & Titian' (article accepted by Artibus et Historian - in print and forthcoming December 2016).

L. Tantardini (ed.), Ralph Erskine and the invention of Clare Hall (Cambridge, Clare Hall, 2016). 

A. Alici and L. Tantardini, 'Catalogue of the drawings' in: L. Tantardini (ed.), Ralph Erskine and the invention of Clare Hall (Cambridge, Clare Hall, 2016), pp. 18-31.

'On the Grotesque: Aurelio Luini and Leonardo', in: Storia e Storiografia dell'arte del Rinascimento a Milano e in Lombardia. Atti I Convegno Internazionale, Milan, 9-10 June 2015 (Rome, Bulzoni, 2016) pp. 215-24.

‘Nella bottega di Aurelio e Giovan Pietro Luini: i disegni preparatori per gli affreschi della Cappella di Sant’Ippolito’ in: P. B. Piccone Conti and L. Tantardini Lloyd, Vigano Certosino. Un borgo nell’arte e nella storia (Milan, Nomos, 2010), pp. 110-20.

Review of: Bernardino Luino. Incisioni in: Print Quarterly, 26, 4 (2009), pp. 407-09.

‘Aurelio Luini. Study for four figures of apostles’ in: P. Joannides, with contributions by C. Barbieri and L. Tantardini, Raffael und Umkreis. Handzeichnungen aus der Sammlung Wolf Bürgi (Hamburg, Galerie Hans, 2008), cat. 35 (ill.).

‘Pisanello’s Sketches of the Emperor John VIII Palaeologus, a Monk, and a Scabbard’ in: Museum Studies, vol. 33, no. 1 (2007), pp. 40-41.

Seventeen catalogue entries in: Suzanne Folds McCullagh (ed.), Drawings in Dialogue: Old Master through Modern. The Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection (The Art Institute of Chicago and Yale University Press, 2006).