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Department of History of Art



Jessica received her BA from Amherst College, an MPhil from Cambridge University, and her PhD from Columbia University, where she also served as a Core Lecturer in Art Humanities.  Prior to returning to Cambridge she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Harvard University (2015-16) and Assistant Professor at the American University of Paris (2016-18).  Her research focuses on the intersection of religious traditions and pictorial innovation in Renaissance Italy, and she is currently completing a monograph on the Florentine painter Jacopo Pontormo. 


Key publications: 
  • “Michelangelo, Vittoria Colonna, and the Afterlife of Intimacy,” The Art Bulletin (2017): 69-101.
  • “Pictorial Theology and the Paragone in Pontormo’s Capponi Chapel,” Art History (2017): 938-963.
Keith Sykes Fellow in Italian Studies, Pembroke College
Director of Studies in the History of Art at Corpus Christi College
Dr Jessica  Maratsos