Gonville & Caius College
Research Area: Devotional Terracotta Sculpture in the Marche 1480-1540
Supervisor: Prof Deborah Howard
Zuzanna Sarnecka is a PhD candidate at Gonville and Caius College, supervised by Professor Deborah Howard. After completing her first degree in the Department of History of Art at the University of Cambridge, Zuzanna continued her studies at the Courtauld Institute of Art where she wrote her dissertation on fifteenth-century Umbrian wooden crucifixes. Subsequently, she went back to her native Poland to organize an international research seminar ‘Artistic Translations Between the Fourteenth and Sixteenth Centuries’ in the History of Art Department at the University of Warsaw, with Professor Paul Binski, her former Director of Studies, as one of the keynote speakers. At the University of Warsaw she also conducted weekly workshops for MA students ‘Expressing art and its history’. In 2013 she joined the ERC funded project entitled: Domestic Devotions.The Place of Piety in the Italian Renaissance Home to pursue her interests in the relationship between devotion and craftsmanship in the late fifteenth-century Italy. Her current research focuses on Luca della Robbia’s terracotta sculptures and their assumed function in the space of Italian households.
Her recent publications include: ’The Identity of Wooden Crucifixes in the Culture of the Fifteenth-Century Umbria’, Arte Medievale, anno IV, 2014, pp. 209-231.