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Dr Delia Moldovan

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PhD in History of Art - University of Warwick (UK)

MA in History of Art - University of Florence (IT)

BA in History - University of Bucharest (RO)


I am currently a Scholar-in-Residence at the Newberry Library (Chicago), where I am working on the manuscript of my first book, which builds upon my doctoral research at Warwick. Combining historical and art-historical approaches, my work investigates the imagery of late fifteenth- and sixteenth-century calendars created in Northern Italy, demonstrating the enduring centrality of this theme within the late Renaissance visual culture and society.

In 2019/20 I was awarded an Early Career Fellowship by the Warwick Institute of Advanced Studies to examine the illustrations of early-printed farming literature and to recreate a Renaissance vegetable garden for educational purposes on campus. This project expanded my research on Renaissance agricultural literature in the collection of the Newberry Library, for which I received a Charles Montgomery Gray Short-Term Fellowship in the autumn of 2019.

More recently, I gained a Post-Graduate Fellowship at the NIKI (Florence) with a project on the representation of olive-oil making in sixteenth-century Tuscany (March-May 2021). The results of this investigation will be presented at the Newberry European art seminar series (May 2021).

Teaching Experience

I have delivered a 2nd-year module on Italian Renaissance Sculpture (HA2C7) in the Department of History of Art (Warwick), during the Spring Term 2019/20. My teaching approach is interdisciplinary and aims at contextualising the artworks within the political, social, cultural, and technological development of Renaissance Florence. The seminar also sought to emphasise the physical qualities of sculpture and to directly engage students with artworks during a field trip to the V&A. I conducted highly dynamic classes, in which I encouraged student participation, by creating both group and individual exercises designed to develop essential analytical, critical and presentational skills.

Research Interests

My research explores the calendrical and agricultural representations during the fifteenth and sixteenth century, principally in Italy, but in relation to other spaces, including the Americas. The central aspects of my work concern timekeeping, Renaissance agriculture and astrology, seasonal, rural, urban, and religious representation, food production and consumption. I am interested in the intersection of artistic representation, science and material culture, the relationship between agriculture and the myth of power, as well as the intertwining between classical knowledge, popular tradition, and Renaissance farming innovation. More broadly, I am fascinated by the transmutation of motifs across time and borders, as well as across different media, including manuscripts and printed materials, paintings, frescoes, tapestries, and decorative arts. My research integrates a systematic, comparative, and interpretative approach to visual sources, to observe how shifts in iconography reflect broader cultural, religious, economic, and political changes.


‘From Carnival to Pious City: Scenes of Urban Life in the Bassano Series of the Months’, under review with Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Reforme, special issue curated by Terpstra and Hewlett (2021).

Astrology and Agriculture in the Calendar of the Offiziolo of Charles VIII (Fondazione Giorgio Cini, inv. 2502/4)’, in Rivista di Storia della Miniatura, 22 (2018), pp. 136-148.

‘L’incontro nel deserto tra Gesù e san Giovannino: fonti iconografiche’, in Arte Cristiana, 103: 887 (2015), pp. 113-122.

Conference Papers

'From Carnival to Pious City: Scenes of Urban Life in the Bassano Series of the Twelve Months', Renaissance Society Association 65th Conference, Toronto, 17-19 March 2019 - panel series Seasonal Rhythms and Rituals in the Cultural Life of Renaissance Cities.

The Calendar of a Printed Book of Hours and its Impact on Sixteenth-Century Manuscript Illumination’, Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, The Newberry Library, Chicago, 25 – 27 January 2018.

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