Jill Burke


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Students are welcome to contact me with topics italian visual culture 1400-1550; I have particular expertise regarding archival topics; art patronage; social identity; the body; art theory; nudes; cosmetics.

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Jill Burke is a leading international expert in Italian Renaissance Art.Her groundbreaking and politically-engaged research seeks to reformulate the understanding of the representation of the body in Italian (and wider European) early modern culture, c. 1400-1600. Having finished her monograph on the Italian Renaissance Nude, she is now considering how images of nudes affected the way people understood the health and beauty of their own and others' bodies. She is working with a  group of international scholars turning their focus to the surfaces of the body and has recently started publishing in this area. 

Her latest monograph, The Italian Renaissance Nude, will be published with Yale University Press in 2018, and soon after an exhibition on the Renaissance Nude that Jill is involved in organising will take place at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, then the Royal Academy in London (catalogue The Renaissance Nude published in 2018).  Jill won the Philip Leverhulme prize for her “outstanding” contribution to art history, and has also held a fellowship at the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (Villa I Tatti, Florence).

Previous to working on subjects relating to the body, Jill’s work has focused on topics relating to social identity and the visual arts. Her interest in periodization led to her edited book, Rethinking the High Renaissance (Routledge, 2012); her interest in patronage and identity was discussed in her first monograph which was based on extensive archival research - Changing Patrons: Social Identity and the Visual Arts in Renaissance Florence (2004). Perhaps her happiest research moment was stumbling across a scribbled note on the back of a receipt from 1509 describing Leonardo da Vinci’s robot lion. The subsequent article “Meaning and Crisis in the Early Sixteenth Century” was published in Oxford Art Journal (2006).








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