Postdoctoral Researcher, Domestic Devotions Project
Research Associate, Clare College
Maya is a postdoctoral Research Associate based in the History of Art department, working on the interdisciplinary ERC project on ‘Domestic Devotions: The Place of Piety in the Italian Renaissance Home’. She gained a BA in History from Oxford, and an MA in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute. She recently completed her doctorate at the University of Oxford, titled: ‘Masculinity and spirituality in Renaissance Milan: the role of the beautiful body in the art of Leonardo da Vinci and the Leonardeschi’. Whilst at Oxford, she held the position of Graduate Teaching and Research Scholar in Early Modern History for Oriel College.
Maya’s research interests encompass the social and cultural history of early modern Italy, particularly with regard to gender, the body, beauty, age, religious devotion, and interactions between beholders and artworks. Her publications include an article in the November 2013 issue of the journal Gender & History, titled ‘The alluring beauty of a Leonardesque ideal: masculinity and spirituality in Renaissance Milan’.