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Dr Diana Bullen Presciutti

Head of School - Senior Lecturer
School of Philosophy and Art History
Dr Diana Bullen Presciutti
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  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 874058

  • Location

    6.124, Colchester Campus

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Biography

Diana's primary research addresses the visual culture of social problems in late medieval and early modern Italy, focusing on popular piety, civic ideology, urban ritual, and intersections of class, gender, and cultural production. Her first monograph, Visual Cultures of Foundling Care in Renaissance Italy (Ashgate/Routledge, 2015), explored how visual culture both framed the social problem of infant abandonment and promoted the charitable work of the foundling hospital. She has recently completed a second book, Saints, Miracles, and Social Problems in Italian Renaissance Art (under contract with Cambridge University Press), which contends that the visual representation of saints' miracles served in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries as a vehicle for contesting the public image of a number of pressing social problems--problems like slander, madness, vendetta, and illegitimacy. Diana has published research articles in Art History, Artibus et Historiae, the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Renaissance Quarterly and Renaissance Studies, as well as several chapters in edited collections. She is also the editor of Space, Place, and Motion: Locating Confraternities in the Late Medieval and Early Modern City (Brill Press, 2017). Her research has been supported by fellowships and grants from Villa I Tatti: The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Renaissance Society of America, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

Qualifications

  • PhD, History of Art, University of Michigan, 2008

  • MA, Italian Renaissance Art History, Syracuse University in Florence, 2003

  • BA, Art History, Dartmouth College, 1998

Appointments

University of Essex

  • Senior Lecturer of Art History, University of Essex (2017 - present)

  • Lecturer of Art History, University of Essex (2015 - 2017)

Other academic

  • Assistant Professor of Art History, College of Wooster (2011 - 2015)

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History, Berea College (2010 - 2011)

  • Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Humanities Research Center, Rice University (2008 - 2010)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

visual hagiography (especially miracle scenes)

Open to supervise

charitable institutions (hospitals, confraternities)

Open to supervise

visual culture of social problems

Open to supervise

late medieval and Renaissance Italian visual culture (1300-1600)

Open to supervise

reception theory

Open to supervise

visual culture of the mendicant orders (especially Franciscans, Dominicans, Augustinians, Servites)

Open to supervise

gender and sexuality

Open to supervise

medical humanities

Open to supervise

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Dissertation - MA Schemes (AR981)

Previous supervision

Shelley Lianne Garland
Shelley Lianne Garland
Thesis title: “He Must Look Upon It All as His Child – and a Most Promising One It Is.” Thomas, 2nd Earl De Grey and the Creation of His House At Wrest Park.
Degree subject: Art History and Theory
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 9/6/2021
Denis Bil'O
Denis Bil'O
Thesis title: Sculpture in Site: Examining the Relationship Between Sculpture and Site in the Principle of Works of Giambologna.
Degree subject: Art History and Theory
Degree type: Master of Arts (by Dissertation)
Awarded date: 19/8/2019
Patricia Louise Lewy
Patricia Louise Lewy
Thesis title: Painting History in Mid-Century America: A Case Study of Friedel Dzuba's Mature Style.
Degree subject: Art History and Theory
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 9/10/2018

Publications

Journal articles (7)

Presciutti, DB., (2019). Miracles in Monochrome: Grisaille in Visual Hagiography. Art History. 42 (5), 862-891

Presciutti, DB., (2015). Domesticating Cannibalism: Visual Rhetorics of Madness and Maternal Infanticide in Fifteenth-Century Italy. Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies. 45 (1), 159-195

Presciutti, DB., (2015). A most beautiful brawl: Beholding splendor and carnage in renaissance Italy. Artibus et Historiae. 72 (72), 63-83

Presciutti, DB., (2011). Review of Nuns and Nunneries in Renaissance Florence. EARLY MODERN WOMEN-AN INTERDISCIPLINARY JOURNAL. 6, 273-276

Presciutti, DB., (2011). Dead Infants, Cruel Mothers, and Heroic Popes: The Visual Rhetoric of Foundling Care at the Hospital of Santo Spirito, Rome. Renaissance Quarterly. 64 (3), 752-799

Presciutti, DB., (2010). Carità e potere:representing the Medici grand dukes as ‘fathers of the Innocenti’. Renaissance Studies. 24 (2), 234-259

Presciutti, DB., (2008). Review of Civic Christianity in Renaissance Italy: The Hospital of Treviso, 1400-1530 by David Michael D'Andrea. Medieval Feminist Forum. 44 (2), 149-152

Books (2)

Presciutti, DB., (2017). Space, Place and Motion, Locating Confraternities in the Late Medieval and Early Modern City. Brill. 9789004292970

Presciutti, DB., (2015). Visual cultures of foundling care in renaissance Italy. Routledge. 147245765X. 978-1472457653

Book chapters (4)

Presciutti, DB., (2021). The Friar as medico: Picturing Leprosy, Institutional Care, and Franciscan Virtues in La Franceschina. In: Representing Infirmity: Diseased Bodies in Renaissance Italy. Editors: Henderson, J., Jacobs, F. and Nelson, JK., . Routledge. 93- 116. 0367470209. 978-0367470203

Presciutti, DB., (2019). Sleeping with the Enemy: Infertility and Wife Murder in a Miracle of St. Peter Martyr. In: Lived Religion and Everyday Life in Early Modern Hagiographic Material. Editors: Kuuliala, J., Peake, R-M. and Räisänen-Schröder, P., . Palgrave MacMillan. 127- 151. 3030155536. 9783030155537

Presciutti, DB., (2017). Introduction: Confraternal Spaces. In: Space, Place, and Motion: Locating Confraternities in the Late Medieval and Early Modern City. Editors: Presciutti, DB., . Brill. 1- 18. 9789004292970

Presciutti, DB., (2013). Picturing institutional wet-nursing in Medicean Siena. In: Medieval and Renaissance Lactations: Images, Rhetorics, Practices. Editors: Sperling, JG., . Routledge. 129- 146. 9781409448600

Grants and funding

2017

The Saint as Social Worker: Visual Hagiography and Social Problems in Renaissance Italy (Fellowship)

Villa I Tatti: The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies

Contact

dbpres@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 874058

Location:

6.124, Colchester Campus