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Dr Lucia Tantardini Laurea (BA, MA), PhD (Cantab), FRSA


Dr Lucia Tantardini is an Affiliated Lecturer in the History of Art Department and a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Clare Hall College. Her research centres on the Italian Renaissance with an expertise in Milanese drawings and paintings spanning the period between Leonardo da Vinci’s stay in Milan and Caravaggio’s apprenticeship in that city. Her doctoral thesis – comprised of 4 volumes – is a comprehensive study of the oeuvre of Bernardino Luini’s sons, titled ‘The Brothers Luini: Aurelio, Giovan Pietro and Evangelista. With a complete catalogue of their drawings and paintings' (supervisor Professor Paul Joannides). Previously she has worked in the Department of Old Master Paintings and Drawings at Christie’s Milan and London, as well as in the Prints and Drawings Department at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she collaborated on the exhibition ‘Drawings in Dialogue. Old Master through Modern’.

Lucia spent the 2014-2015 academic year pursuing research across Italy where she has been awarded three short-term fellowships at the University of Milan, the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, and the Dutch University Institute for Art History, Florence, respectively. She co-organised two multi-panelled sessions at the Renaissance Society of America's Annual Meetings: ‘North Italian Renaissance 1450–1650: New Studies in Drawing and Painting’ (Berlin, 27 March 2015); 'Lomazzo’s aesthetic principles reflected in the art of his time' (Boston, 31 March 2016); and 'Drawing in '500 Milan' International Study Day (Cambridge, 5 July 2016) featuring international scholarship. She is currently working on the publication of her doctoral thesis (under contract, forthcoming 2017) and actively lectures in the Department of History of Art.

Research Interests

Disegno: theory and practice

Renaissance and Early Modern Italy, particularly Milan and Florence

Leonardo da Vinci and the Leonardeschi of first and second generation

Govan Paolo Lomazzo's art theory

The patronage of Carlo and Federico Borromeo


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

Key Publications

L. Tantardini, Aurelio Luini 1530-1593. The Complete Paintings and Drawings (Rome, U. Bozzi, forthcoming 2018).

L. Tantardini, 'Giulio Cesare Procaccini's earliest known drawing and his contacts with Aurelio Luini' (article accepted by the Burlington Magazine - forthcoming).

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, ‘"il che esso Aurelio ebbe a dire che non aveva veduto mai cosa più rara al mondo per paesi": 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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