Lunarita Sterpetti, M.A.

Doctoral Fellow

Lunarita is completing a PhD in the History of Art at Sapienza, Università di Roma with the thesis From the Florentine Republic to the Duchy: Understanding Medicean (Self-)Representation Strategies through Ottaviano de’ Medici’s Collection of Portraits. She obtained her MA from the same institution in 2018, having been selected for the ‘path of excellence’ (percorso d’eccellenza) programme. She is currently assistant to the Chair of Art History and Criticism at Sapienza and has been working at the Abteilung Gerhard Wolf at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – MPI since 2021. Lunarita is an offer-holder of the NIKI fellowship at The Netherlands Interuniversity Institute for Art History in Florence (awarded in 2021) and has been Eva Schler Fellow at the Medici Archive Project (2019) in the same city. She has co-organized the conferences The Medici Beyond Florence. Art and Politics, 1530–1648 (Florence, KHI, 2022) and Le tre età nelle Vite di Vasari (Rome, Sapienza, 2019). During her B.A., Lunarita held an internship at the Gallerie Nazionali Barberini Corsini and collaborated with the contemporary art gallery, Spazio Nuovo in Rome. Her research has spanned the history of collecting, the political use of art, and the relationship between power and visual culture in the early modern world. More recently, she has focused on the cultural agency of natural forces and their ability to shape artistic and architectural production in a broad transhistorical and geographical framework.


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