Dr Francesca Borgo

Dr Francesca Borgo

Lecturer in Art History

Researcher profile

Email
fb95@st-andrews.ac.uk

 

Biography

Francesca Borgo received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Art History with a minor field in Italian Studies from Harvard University in 2017. She previously studied in Italy and Spain and holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Prior to coming to St Andrews, Francesca was a Fellow at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles (2017-18), the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz  (2013-17), Villa I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (2015), and the University of Hamburg (2016). Her work has been supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Max-Planck Gesellschaft, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Renaissance Society of America, the Italian Art Society, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others.

Research areas

Francesca Borgo specializes in early modern art, with a focus on fifteenth- and sixteenth-century southern Europe. Much of her research investigates the intersections between visual, literary, and scientific culture in Renaissance Italy. Her current book project explores the emergence of an art critical discourse surrounding the representation of war during the Cinquecento. A second project, The Fragile Image in the Renaissance, looks at the early modern perception of vulnerable, decaying and lost artworks. Other research interests include the work of Leonardo da Vinci and the history of the field of Leonardo studies; the relationship between natural philosophy and artistic theory; the shield as an emblem of artistic excellence; premodern notions of imagination and invention; the physiology of perception and theories of sensory differentiation; antagonistic dynamics in Renaissance culture (among artists, artworks, and media).

PhD supervision

  • Cecilia Mazzocchio

Selected publications

  • Leonardo Da Vinci’s Codex Leicester: a new edition

    Borgo, F., 28 Jun 2022, In: Renaissance Quarterly. 75, 2, p. 583-589

    Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature reviewpeer-review

  • Scrivere verso destra: Leonardo cambia direzione

    Borgo, F., 2022, Decoding Leonardo's Codices. Compilation, Dispersal, and Reproduction Technologies. Nova, A. & Galluzzi, P. (eds.). Venice: Marsilio, p. 53-75 (Studi e Ricerche; vol. 15).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Fra arte e scienza: Giorgio Castelfranco e Leonardo

    Borgo, F., 2019, Il Leonardo di Castelfranco e il culto del genio nel Novecento. Firenze: Regione Toscana, p. 43-51

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Leonardo e Vitruvio: oltre il cerchio e il quadrato

    Borgo, F. (ed.), 2019, Venice: Marsilio. 151 p. (Collana del Centro studi vitruviani; vol. 5)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Leonardo in dialogue: the artist amid his contemporaries

    Borgo, F. (ed.), Nova, A. (ed.) & Maffeis, R. (ed.), 2019, Venice: Marsilio. 469 p. (Studi e Ricerche; no. 12)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Open access

    Leonardo legge Vitruvio

    Borgo, F., 21 Aug 2019, Leonardo e Vitruvio: Oltre il cerchio e il quadrato. Borgo, F. (ed.). Venice: Marsilio, p. 23-39 (Collana del Centro Studi Vitruviani; no. 5).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Principio, mezzo, fine: Vasari, la Sala grande e la forma dell’epos

    Borgo, F., 2019, La Sala Grande di Palazzo Vecchio e la Battaglia di Anghiari di Leonardo da Vinci: Dalla configurazione architettonica all'apparato decorativo . Florence: Leo S. Olschki Editore, p. 273-287 (Biblioteca Leonardiana. Studi e documenti; no. 8).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

  • Open access

    Toward Leonardo’s dialogues

    Borgo, F., Maffeis, R. & Nova, A., 14 May 2019, Leonardo in Dialogue: The Artist Amid His Contemporaries. Borgo, F., Maffeis, R. & Nova, A. (eds.). Marsilio, p. 9-18 (Studi e Ricerche; no. 12).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript

  • Cinquecento and Ottocento at war: Leonardo da Vinci and the legacy of Renaissance battle painting during the Risorgimento

    Borgo, F., 17 Dec 2018, The Italian Renaissance in the 19th century: Revision, revival, and return. Bolzoni, L. & Payne, A. (eds.). Florence: Villa I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, p. 65-84 (I Tatti research series; vol. 1).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

  • Leonardo’s Hunts. Metaphors for the Physiology of Perception

    Borgo, F., 2017, Hunting without Weapons.: On the Pursuit of Images. Sass, M. (ed.). Berlin\Boston: WALTER DE GRUYTER GMBH, p. 19-44 (Naturbilder - Images of Nature; vol. 4).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

 

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