Universitá de la Sapienza, Roma
Trained at The Warburg Institute, London (1995-1996), at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma (specialty in painting, 1993), a graduate in Art History of the Università di Roma La Sapienza (1994), Master in Italian Literature from Indiana University, Bloomington (1999), with a diploma in Medieval and Modern History from the Università di Roma La Sapienza (2002) and a Doctor in Italian Studies (2004).
He has developed his teaching career essentially in the Department of Art History and in the Department of French and Italian at Northwestern University, first as an Assistant Professor (since 2005) and later as an Associate Professor (since 2011). Among his prizes and honorable mentions, outstanding are the Associated Student Government Faculty Honor Roll Award of Northwestern University (2007), the University Research Grants Committee Award of Northwestern University (2010), and the Howard R. Marraro prize for the book Art Without an Author: Vasari’s Lives and Michelangelo’s Death (2012).
He is a member of the College Art Association, of the Association of Italian Studies, of the Renaissance Society of America, of the Modern Language Association and of the committee “Arti e Lettere” of the Società Dante Alighieri.
His research interests focus on the history of art of the renaissance, the institutionalization of culture in the Italy of the modern age, artistic literature and its criticism, the relations between humanistic culture and natural philosophy, the debate over language (the question of language), and the history of authorship.
Among his publications, the following stand out: Gli affreschi del cardinale Prospero Santacroce nel castello di San Gregorio da Sassola: Ritratto di un committente (De Luca, 2001), Le imprese del drago: Politica, emblematica e scienze naturali alla corte di Gregorio XIII Boncompagni (1572-1585) (Bulzoni, 2005), Art without an Author: Vasari’s Lives and Michelangelo’s Death (Fordham University Press, 2011), and in collaboration with Claudia Cieri Via and Ingrid Rowland, Unità e frammenti di modernità: Arte e scienza nella Roma di Gregorio XIII Boncompagni (1572-1585) (Fabrizio Serra, 2012).