The Founders of the Working Group:


Dr. Susan Bracken, FSA

Completed her MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art in 1993 and her PhD on Collecting 1600-1650 at the University of Sussex in 2011. She is a regular lecturer on the Year Course High Renaissance to Baroque: 1500-1720 at the Victoria & Albert Museum and she teaches Venetian Renaissance art history at Birkbeck College, as well as courses for Ithaca College and Mississippi College.  Susan's publications include contributions to Patronage, Culture and Power:  The Early Cecils 1558-1612 and The Evolution of English Collecting, as well as review articles for Apollo and the British Art Journal.   A new scholarly edition of the Lumley Inventory of 1590 which was published in June 2010 included an introductory essay by Susan Bracken and Maurice Howard.    Susan is a contributor to the quatercentenary publication Ham House:  Four Hundred Years of Collecting and Patronage with a paper on the copies of Old Master history paintings in the collection and an essay in the volume published by the National Portrait Gallery Painting in Britain 1500-1630: Production, Influences and Patronage in 2015.


Dr Andrea Gáldy, FRHistS

Since completing her Ph.D. on the collections of Cosimo I de’ Medici and Renaissance archaeology in Florence at the University of Manchester in 2002, Andrea Gáldy has been a fellow of the Henry Moore Foundation and of the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti.   From 2006 to 2011 Andrea was professor for art history at Florence University of the Arts (FUA) and taught art history at the British Institute of Florence to students enrolled at Buckingham University in the autumn term 2011 and 2012. At present she is post-doctoral fellow at the University of Trier and will teach at LMU, Munich from summer term 2014. 

Originally trained as a classical archaeologist, her main interests are the history of collecting and of archaeology. She has, however, also worked on the ducal apartments in the Florentine Palazzo Vecchio and on Eleonora of Toledo, wife of Cosimo I. Research on the latter has developed into a broader interest in the cultural importance of the Dynastic Bride.

In 2009 Andrea published her book on Cosimo I's collection of antiquities with CSP Cosimo I de’ Medici as Collector: Antiquities and Archaeology in Sixteenth-century Florence and in 2013 she edited the conference proceedings to Agnolo Bronzino: Medici Court Artist in Context.


Adriana Turpin

Is academic director of an MA  run by the Institut d'Etudes Superieures des Arts (IESA) and the Wallace collection on the history and business of art and collecting, which is validated by Warwick University.  Previously she was Deputy Director, Sotheby's Institute where she specialised in the history of decorative arts. She has written various articles on English furniture, including the discovery of a table designed for Queen Mary's Water Gallery at Hampton Court. She also wrote on William Beckford's collections of furniture for the exhibition held at the Bard Graduate Centre and Dulwich Art Gallery, 2002-3 and has just completed an article on the new world objects in Cosimo I de Medici's collection in Curiosity and Wonder, ed. A.Marr and J.H. Evans published by Ashgate Press. She is now conducting further research into the display of the Medici Tribuna in the Uffizi. She presented a paper on the market for furniture made by Boulle and Riesener during the nineteenth century in April at the European Social Science History Conference in Ghent.   Most recently, she has written an essay on the nineteenth-century interpretation of the Renaissance interior to be published in 2011. 


The Honorary Advisory Committee :

Dr Suzanne B. Butters

Suzy studied art history, philosophy and music at Mount Holyoke College in the early 1960s, and after a year at the Metropolitan Museum of Art when she also studied Italian, she moved to Italy, where she took an MA in art history at Florence University's Facolta di Architettura. In 1970  she began work on her PhD under the guidance of Howard Burns (then at the Courtauld Institute, now at the University of Venice) on the Tuscan villas of cardinal Ferdinando de' Medici (1563-1587), a continuing research interest. She joined the Art History department of the University of Manchester in 1975, where she is now Professor Emerita of Art History.

The recipient of many grants and awards, she has been a stipendiary Fellow at the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Villa I Tatti (1987-1988), where she was also a Visiting Professor, during the year in which she held at Leverhulme Trust Fellowship (1998-1999), an fellowship she also held in 2006-2007. She was a Senior Advisor on Sussex University's three-year research project, The Material Renaissance (funded by the AHRB and the Getty Foundation) (2001-2003). She is a member of the Advisory Board, a contributing author and the co-editor of two volumes for the forthcoming eleven-volume publication Il Rinascimento italiano e l'Europa, funded by the Fondazione Cassamarca through the Centro dell'Umanesimo Latino in Treviso. She founded and directs The University of Manchester's Italian Forum, an innovative research grouping of scholars interested in the arts, architecture, archaeology of Italy, from antiquity to the present day. 


Arthur MacGregor

Arthur MacGregor was a curator in the Department of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum for over twenty-five years. His responsibilities and interests span the period from the Roman empire to the nineteenth century and his publication record includes volumes on the Ashmolean's Roman engraved gems, Anglo-Saxon and Migration Period antiquities as well as the Museum's founding collection from the seventeenth century; he has published widely on the history of the Museum and has researched extensively on its archive collections, as well as writing popular guides to the Ashmolean in general and to its medieval, Tudor and Stuart collections. He has a long-standing interest in the interface between man and the animal world and also on the history of collections, on which subjects he has published numerous articles and books. Having served in the past as Director of the Society of Antiquaries and of the British Archaeological Association, he is currently a Vice-President of the Royal Archaeological Institute; he is also a member of the Treasure Valuation Committee, of the scientific committee of the Paris-based journal Anthropozoologica, and of the museum and artefacts committee of the Linnean Society. He is co-general editor of The Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo (Royal Collection) and co-founding editor of the Journal of the History of Collections (OUP). His most recent publication Curiosity and Enlightenment was published in 2008.


Dr. Jeremy Warren 

Assistant Director and Head of Collections at the Wallace Collection, Jeremy Warren is one of the foremost scholars on Renaissance sculpture. Having written the catalogue for the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford on Renaissance Bronzes, he is currently working on the catalogue of sculpture at the Wallace Collection. His other main interest is in the history of collecting and in particular the collecting of Renaissance works of art during the nineteenth century. He has extensively researched the Fortnum collection which was given to the Ashmolean Museum.

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