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Ilaria Bernocchi


Ilaria Bernocchi specialises in early modern portraiture and cultural history, in particular the connection between art and ethics. She obtained her degrees at the University of Pavia, The Warburg Institute in London and the University of Cambridge and has previously taught at the University of Cambridge, the University of Warwick and the University of Manchester.

Research interests

Early Modern painting and portraiture, including Mannerism and the early Baroque, Italian vernacular poetry and its influence on image-making, the concept of virtue in the 16th-17th centuries.

Teaching and supervision

Dr Bernocchi has taught modules on Renaissance, Mannerist and Baroque Art, Sculpture, Portraiture, Iconography, the Renaissance theory of art, Early Modern display and the birth of the museum, the influence of classical texts on Renaissance images.

In AA 2022-23 she will teach in particular:
  • Classicism and the Arts of Christianity;
  • Sculpture;
  • Portraiture;
  • Renaissance: North and South;
  • Leonardo: Art and Science
She supervises BA and MA students on a variety of subjects.

Administrative roles

  • MA Convenor (including Dissertation Convenor)

  • Examination secretary, Postgraduate Taught (Autumn Term)

  • UG Dissertations Co-ordinator (Spring and Summer Term)

Selected publications

Edited volume: with Federica Pich and Nicolò Morelli, eds, Petrarch and Portraiture in Sixteenth Century Italy, Amsterdam University Press, 2023.
Book chapter: "Deformation as Revelation: A Monstrous Portrait by Bartolomeo Passerotti,” in Lucia Tantardini and Rebecca Norris, eds. Grotesque and Caricature: Leonardo to Bernini, Brill, 2023.
Translator (English): Giovanni Careri, Jews and Christians in the Sistine Chapel, Harvey Miller, forthcoming.
She has contributed to catalogue the Stephen K. Scher collection of Italian medals for the Frick Collection, New York (The Scher Collection of Commemorative Medals, 2019).
Translator (Latin): Agostino Scilla, Vain Speculation Undeceived by Sense, Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, Cambridge, and Arts Council of England, 2016.
    Assistant Professor



    Dr Ilaria Bernocchi
    Assistant Professor, Senior Teaching Fellow
    School of Creative Arts, Performance and Visual Cultures,Faculty of Arts BuildingUniversity of WarwickUniversity RoadCoventry CV4 7AL