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Lorraine de la Verpillière

Lorraine de la Verpillière

PhD candidate at Pembroke College

"Visceral Creativity: Earthly Melancholy, Digestion and Materiality in the Visual Arts of Early Modern Europe"

Supervisor: Dr Alexander Marr


Biography:

Lorraine de la Verpillière (formerly Saint-Remy) is a PhD Candidate under the supervision of Dr Alexander Marr in the Department of History of Art at the University of Cambridge. Her doctoral thesis, “Visceral Creativity: Earthly Melancholy, Digestion and Materiality in the Visual Arts of Early Modern Europe,” examines the early modern metaphor of digestion and its link with art theory and the practice of artists, especially engravers and printmakers. Lorraine's research is funded by the AHRC, the Cambridge Trust, and Pembroke college.

Prior to beginning her PhD in 2014, Lorraine received a Bachelor degree and a Master’s degree in History of Art from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. In this two-year Master’s programme under the supervision of Prof. Colette Nativel, her first dissertation focused on the frontispieces designed by Peter Paul Rubens between 1609-1640 and their link with the so-called “Jesuit imagery.” Her second Master’s dissertation (entitled ‘Lost in translation? De l’Italie à l’Angleterre, le mécénat du cardinal Reginald Pole et son cercle’) researched the patronage of one of the major political and religious figure of the sixteenth century, Cardinal Reginald Pole (1500-1558), and formed the basis of Lorraine’s first article, ‘‘God is in the details’: visual culture of closeness in the circle of Cardinal Reginald Pole’ (Renaissance Studies, 30: 752-772).

Lorraine has a long-standing interest in science as, prior to starting her BA in History of Art, she studied Physics, Chemistry, and Maths in a French classe préparatoire. Recently, she also took part in the Middle French Paleography Workshop organised by The Making and Knowing Project (led by Prof. Pamela Smith) at the University of Columbia in New York, where she received intensive training in Middle French manuscript reading and helped to the translation and digital encoding of BnF Ms. Fr. 640 – a sixteenth-century compilation of technical recipes written by an anonymous French craftsperson.

With her colleague, Lizzie Marx, Lorraine co-coordinates the History of Art Graduate Research Seminar, Lent term 2018 on the topic of "Art and the Senses."

Research Interests

Early Modern prints; Popular prints; Broadsheets; Satire; Renaissance Laughter; Materials and techniques; Ink Making; Melancholy; Dreams and imagination; Artistic creativity; Artistic imitation; Theory of humours; Early Modern medicine and Anatomy; Digestion and incorporation; Representations of the entrails and intestines; Creative excretions; History of Consumption; History of diet and food; Shop-signs

Key Publications

‘‘God is in the details’: visual culture of closeness in the circle of Cardinal Reginald Pole,’ Renaissance Studies 30, n°5 (2016), 752-772.