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Dr Lucia Tantardini MA, PhD

Dr Lucia Tantardini, MA, PhD

Fellow of Clare Hall

Director of Studies, Christ's College and Peterhouse

Teaching Associate and Affiliated Lecturer

Part I Convenor and Outreach Coordinator


Lucia Tantardini was educated at the Università degli Studi di Pavia and at the University of Cambridge. Between her two degrees 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.

Dr Tantardini's 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 preparing her monograph on Aurelio Luini for publication, and the co-edited volume 'Lomazzo's aesthetic principles reflected in the art of his time'.

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.

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

Giovan Paolo Lomazzo's art theory


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

Key Publications

L. Tantardini, Aurelio Luini 1530-1593. The Complete Paintings and Drawings (Rome, U. Bozzi, contracted and forthcoming 2019).

Lomazzo's aesthetic principles reflected in the art of his time, co-edited with R. Norris (Brill, submitted, under peer review, scheduled for publication 2019).

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, '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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