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Professor Lorenzo Pericolo


After seven years at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, where he studied under the supervision of Salvatore Settis, Lorenzo entered the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Sorbonne, Paris, where he finished his PhD on the French painter Charles Le Brun (1619-1690). He taught the history of early modern art in various universities in France and Canada, in particular Paris 8 (1995-97), Rennes (1999-2006) and Montreal (2006-2010). Lorenzo was a "boursier" at the École Normale Supérieure, Paris (1989-90); a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Humboldt Universität, Berlin (2004-05); Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow, Center for the Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Washington DC (2005-06); Scholar in Residence at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2007-08); the recipient of a three-year grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2007-2010); Robert H. Smith Senior Research Associate at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Washington DC (2010-11); the recipient of a Leverhulme Research Grant (2015);a visiting fellow of the Institut of Advanced Study Bildevidenz (Freie Universität, Berlin; 2017) and of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz/ Max-Planck-Institut (2018). After finishing his most recent book (the critical edition of Carlo Cesare Malvasia's Life of Guido Reni, in two volumes), Lorenzo has started work on a new monograph (working title: Leonardo's Eye: Drawing Knowledge in an Age of Transition). He is currently Head of Department.

Lorenzo is a member of Warwick's Centre for the Study of the Renaissance and the department's 'Art in Italy 1200–1700. Research on Venice and Northern Italy' and 'Philosophy, Theory, Historiography' research clusters.

Research interests

Lorenzo is now working on three distinct projects: the representation of the body in the baroque age; the role of drawing as a "scientific" tool in the Italian early Renaissance with a focus on Leonardo da Vinci; and the critical edition and English translation of Carlo Cesare Malvasia's Lives of the Bolognese Painters (1678). Lorenzo's research is part of the departmental research theme: Art in Venice and Northern Italy. Further Information

Lorenzo welcomes applications from students interested in the relationship between art and science, the study of early modern theoretical sources, the representation of the body and the human figure, pictorial narrative, aporetic subjects, metapainting and devices of illusionism, and the interconnection of poetry and the arts. Teaching and supervision

Modules taught include:

  • Leonardo: Art and Science
  • Classicism and the Arts of Christianity
  • Methods in Art History
  • Italian Baroque
  • Mannerism
  • Art in Northern Italy
  • Research Methods
  • Venetian Art and Historiography

Administrative roles

  • Head of Department

Selected publications

  • Carlo Cesare Malvasia, Felsina Pittrice: The Lives of the Bolognese Painters. Volume Nine: The Life of Guido Reni (London: Harvey Miller, 2019).
  • Co-ed, Perfection: The Essence of Art and Architecture in Early Modern Europe (Turnhout: Brepols, 2019).
  • Co-ed., Remembering the Middle Ages in Early Modern Italy (Turnhout: Brepols, 2015).
  • 'Incorporating the Middle Ages: The Bellini and the 'Greek' and 'German' Architecture of Medieval Venice', in Lorenzo Pericolo and Jessica N. Richardson, eds., Remembering the Middle Ages in Early Modern Italy (Turnhout: Brepols, 2015).
  • Co-ed., Caravaggio: Reflections and Refractions (Aldershote: Ashgate, 2014).
  • Co-ed., Carlo Cesare Malvasia, Felsina Pittrice: The Lives of the Bolognese Painters. Volume Thirteen: The Lives of Domenichino and Francesco Gessi (London: Harvey Miller, 2013).
  • Co-ed., Carlo Cesare Malvasia, Felsina Pittrice: Lives of the Bolognese Painters. Volume One: Early Bolognese Painters (London: Harvey Miller, 2012).
  • Caravaggio and Pictorial Narrative: Dislocating the Istoria in Early Modern Painting (London: Harvey Miller, 2011): Interview on Caravaggio's Ecce Homo (Columbus, November 2011).
  • Co-ed., Subject as Aporia in Early Modern Art (Aldershote: Ashgate, 2010).
  • Claude Nivelon, Vie de Charles Le Brun et description détaillée de ses ouvrages: Introduction et édition critique (Geneva: Droz, 2004)
  • "Philippe, homme sage et vertueux": Essai sur l’art et l’œuvre de Philippe de Champaigne (1602-1674) (Tournai: La Renaissance du Livre, 2002).

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  • PhD (École Pratique des Hautes Études en Sciences Philologiques et Historiques, Sorbonne, Paris)
  • BA, MA (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa)


Tel: +44 (0)24 765 28339

Millburn House
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7HS

Advice and Feedback hours

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Undergraduate modules

HA3A2 Art in Venice & Northern Italy, 1100–1600

Postgraduate modules

HA931 Venetian Art & Its Histories
HA956 Making Art in Venice, 1200–1600