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Department of History of Art



Chiara Capulli is an AHRC-funded PhD candidate in History of Art at the University of Cambridge supervised by Dr. Donal Cooper, and a Pre-doctoral fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana (Max Planck Instutut) in Rome. Her research project examines the consequences brought by the 1529 Guasto of Florence to the city’s artistic and architectural heritage. Before starting the PhD, she received her BA (cum laude, 2013) and MA (cum laude, 2015) from La Sapienza, Rome, and an MPhil (2016) from Cambridge and worked as research assistant at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence – MPI (2015). 

Alongside her primary research activities, she has developed an interest in the methodologies and possibilities of digital humanities, on which she has provided training to students and GLAM professionals at the Universities of Cambridge (as Cambridge Digital Humanities Data School Methods Fellow, 2020–21) and Exeter. As a digital art historian on the Getty-funded Florence 4D project (2019–21), she has carried out art historical research, trained interns, and has helped develop a pipeline for research-based 3D modelling, metadata-mapping and sharing using the CIDOC CRM ontology. 

Chiara also participated in summer schools and projects (KHI Florenz, University of Cambridge, Fondazione Federico Zeri) that assessed the consequences of recent earthquakes on the cultural heritage of Central Italy and the role of art historians for the recovery of affected areas.


· Late medieval and Renaissance religious art and architecture in Florence 

· Digital Humanities 

· Cultural Heritage in the aftermath of destruction


Key publications: 

(with Donal Cooper, Fabrizio Nevola and Luca Brunke) "3D models and locative AR: Hidden Florence 3D and experiments in reconstruction", in Hidden Cities: Urban Space, Geolocated Apps and Public History in Early Modern Europe, ed. by Fabrizio Nevola et al., London 2022, pp. 231–248. 

(with Fabrizio Nevola, Donal Cooper and Luca Brunke) "Immersive Renaissance Florence: Research-Based 3D Modelling in Digital Art and Architectural History", Getty Research Journal, 15 (2022), pp. 203–227. 

(with Fabrizio Nevola, Donal Cooper and Luca Brunke) "Research-based 3D modelling of Santa Maria degli Innocenti: recovering a context for the Quattrocento altarpieces," in Common Children and the Common Good: Locating Foundlings in the Early Modern World, ed. by Nicholas Terpstra, Florence, 2022 forthcoming. 

“The South Kensington Museum, Ottavio Gigli and Digital Art History – Uncovering Florentine Collectorship Through Digital Methods” (in preparation).

Pre-doctoral fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institut, Rome