Italian Renaissance and Early Modern period, c. 1400-1600
Department of History of Art
Lucia Tantardini specialises in the art of the Italian Renaissance and Early Modern period, c. 1400-1600.
A native of Milan, she received her Laurea at the University of Pavia, and her PhD, also in History of Art, at the University of Cambridge. Between her degrees, she worked for three years at Christie's in Milan and London, and for another three years at the Art Institute of Chicago.
She joined Clare Hall as a Research Fellow in late 2013, towards the end of her doctorate. At Clare Hall, she co-organised the 50th Anniversary conference 'Clare Hall and Italy' (University of Bologna, 2015) and she edited the volume 'Ralph Erskine and the invention of Clare Hall' (2016).
Now an Official Fellow, Dr Tantardini holds a teaching post in the Department of History of Art, where she convenes Part I of the History of Art Tripos (three courses integrated in one module for first year undergraduate students). For Part II, she teaches a Special Subject on 'Drawing in Renaissance and Early Modern Italy c. 1450-1600'. She is also Director of Studies in History of Art at Christ's College and Peterhouse.
Dr Tantardini's scholarship combines theoretical and visual approaches which both reflect her academic and professional background. Her recent research has concentrated on the development of the art of drawing in Milan between Leonardo da Vinci and Caravaggio but more widely, her work addresses Renaissance drawing and painting, their interrelation, and their common theoretical inspiration, both as act and art.