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Dr Lucia Tantardini PhD

Dr Lucia Tantardini, PhD

Fellow and Praelector, Clare Hall

Affiliated Lecturer and Outreach Coordinator

Director of Studies, Christ's College and Peterhouse

Office Phone: 01223 760119


Lucia Tantardini was educated in Italy, the US, and the UK. Before her PhD (Cambridge) she worked for three years in the Old Masters Department at Christie’s Milan and London, and for another three years in the Prints and Drawings Department of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Her research centres on the art of the Italian Renaissance and Early Modern period, particularly the interrelation between theory and practice in drawing and painting. She is currently working on her monograph on Aurelio Luini and three edited volumes.

Dr Tantardini's teaching extends more broadly to European art c. 1400-1800. She is the Part I Convenor and, for Part II, she teaches the Special Subject 'Drawing in Renaissance and Early Modern Italy c. 1450-1600' (Michaelmas Term).

She has held fellowships from the Università degli Studi di Milano, the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, the Dutch University Institute for Art History in Florence, as well as a Research Fellowship at Clare Hall, where she is currently an Official Fellow and Praelector.

Research Interests

Disegno: theory and practice

Renaissance and Early Modern Italy, particularly Milan and Florence

Leonardo and the Leonardeschi

Lomazzo's art theory


More widely, 1400-1800 European art, art theory, architecture, and history

Key Publications

L. Tantardini, Aurelio Luini (ca. 1530-1593). The Complete Paintings and Drawings (Rome, Ugo Bozzi, contracted and forthcoming 2020).

L. Tantardini and R. Norris (eds.), Lomazzo's Aesthetic Principles reflected in the Art of his Time (Brill, under final submission, scheduled for publication 2020).

L. Tantardini (ed.), Drawing in Renaissance and Early Modern Milan (Routledge, in preparation).

R. Norris and L. Tantardini (eds.), Grotesque Heads and Caricatures from Leonardo to Bernini (AUP, in preparation).

P. Baker-Bates, H. Glanville, A. V. Lauder, G. Tagliaferro, L. Tantardini, M. Wivel (eds.), Special issue in honour of Paul Joannides, Artibus et Historiae, no. 74 (XXXVII), 2016.

L. Tantardini, 'Aurelio Luini and Titian' Artibus et Historiae, no. 74, (XXXVII), 2016, pp. 195–205.

L. Tantardini (ed.), Ralph Erskine and the invention of Clare Hall (Cambridge, Clare Hall, 2016). 

A. Alici and L. Tantardini, 'Catalogue of the drawings' in: L. Tantardini (ed.), Ralph Erskine and the invention of Clare Hall (Cambridge, Clare Hall, 2016), pp. 18-31.

'On the Grotesque: Aurelio Luini and Leonardo', in: Storia e Storiografia dell'arte del Rinascimento a Milano e in Lombardia. Atti I Convegno Internazionale, Milan, 9-10 June 2015 (Rome, Bulzoni, 2016) pp. 215-24.

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