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Natasha Burbridge


Dr Giorgio Tagliaferro and Dr Marta Ajmar



My AHRC-M4C funded research project offers the first sustained study of the Tuscan artist Pastorino Pastorini (c.1508-1592), best known as the most prolific portrait medallist of sixteenth-century Italy, with especial reference to his career at the Este court of Ferrara.

Prior to my PhD, I worked for Historic Royal Palaces, The British School at Rome, and held a funded internship at The British Museum in the Department of Coins and Medals.

In early 2024, I will hold an Eva Schler Fellowship at The Medici Archive Project in Florence.

Research interests:

  • Renaissance portrait medals
  • Sculptural materials and techniques
  • Court artists and artisans, especially in northern Italy
  • Art and diplomacy
  • Patronage and collections

Conferences and presentations:

'Pastorino Pastorini (c.1508-1592) and the material significance of wax and stucco in his medal making process', Fédération Internationale de la Médaille d'Art XXXVII congress, Florence, Italy. 13 October 2023.

'Breaking (and Making) the Rules: A Re-Assessment of Pastorino da Siena’s Medallic Portraits’, Global Making: People, Materials, Environments, joint event between University of Warwick and Università Ca Foscari Venezia. 20 June 2023.

'Recasting the Renaissance Medal: Pastorino de’ Pastorini’s Medallic Portraits’, British Art Medal Society Annual Conference, London. 22 April 2023.

Academic background:

MA in Medieval and Renaissance History (Distinction), Queen Mary University of London

BA in Medieval History (First Class with Honours), Queen Mary University of London