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Dr Gloria Moorman

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PhD in Renaissance Studies - University of Warwick (UK);
MA, BA - Universiteit Leiden (the Netherlands).

Current Position

Gloria Moorman (1990) is postdoctoral researcher at the University of Padua, Italy.
Within the ERC project RISK - Republics on the Stage of Kings, she investigates seventeenth-century print production in Venice and the Dutch Republic. By developing a comparative case-study on the political potential of illustrated compendia, her current research highlights the mechanisms deployed to consciously construct and celebrate victory (Venetian Greece and Dutch independence) as a means to symbolically rework the trauma of past, territorial loss.
More broadly, Gloria's work on the cultural agency of the early printed book - at the intersection of materiality, (para)text, and imagery - sets out to show just how a shifting political landscape could be made accessible and, to a certain extent, acceptable to transnational audiences.

Research Interests

- Intellectual and artistic exchange between Italy and the Low Countries
(especially during the 16th and 17th centuries);
- Book history and the history of libraries;
- Early modern court culture;
- The representation of cities in word and image.


Gloria studied Italian (BA, 2012) and Book History (MA, 2014) at the University of Leiden, followed by a PhD at the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, University of Warwick. In her doctoral dissertation, supervised by Prof. David Lines and Prof. Ingrid De Smet (completed in 2019), she studied the development of the early modern town atlas genre, culminating in the first, full publication history of Joan Blaeu's Theatrum Italiae (1663-1682).
Based on this dissertation, Gloria's first monograph on The Power and Politics of the City Book (under contract with Brill's Library of the Written Word series), will reveal how the most beautiful of the atlases of Joan Blaeu (1598/99-1673) - all but forgotten today - artfully accommodated the making of the Dutch Golden Age to foreign eyes: Blaeu and his heirs turned prestigious print publications into effective vehicles for golden age narratives on a modernized footing, proclaiming the past and present splendour of cities and states. The work will offer a fresh perspective on geography and power, illuminating the intricate connections between the representation of space, visual culture, and poetry.

Gloria was finalist for the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome’s biennial prize in Italian Studies (Van Woudenberg dissertatieprijs, 2020) and first recipient of the Elsevier-Johan de Witt Prize (2014) for best MA thesis on the Dutch Golden Age.
In 2019, she was awarded a Brill Fellowship at the Scaliger Institute (Special Collections, Leiden University Library) for her project ‘The Dutch Republic through Tuscan Eyes: Medici Interest in Dutch Publishing, Trade, and Politics (c. 1667-1675).’
Previously, she held NIKI Fellowships at the Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Instituut in Florence (2016-17; 2017-18).

Selected Academic Associations

Honorary Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, University of Warwick
Friend of the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR)