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Research interests

My research interests encompass European art, theory and culture in the period of 1400-1700, with a focus on Leonardo da Vinci. A central element in my research has been the direct study of primary sources and of the ways and forms in which knowledge has been expressed, assimilated and transmitted. My underlying concern has been to understand how the making of art is reflected in and reacts to texts about the means and ends of art. In addition, my work encompasses broader reflections on the reception of Leonardo da Vinci’s art and theory in a pan-European context (Italy, France, Britain and North Europe) and on methodological approaches to the study of works of art.