Adriana Concin is a third year PhD student at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London working on a thesis that traces the artistic and cultural exchanges between the courts of Vienna, Innsbruck and Florence during the second half of the sixteenth century. Previously she completed her Bachelor at University College London before going on to pursue a Masters degree in Early Renaissance Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art. In 2017 she was chosen as the first candidate to participate in the Courtauld Institute – Vienna University exchange program, which enabled her to undertake a lengthy period of research in the Viennese archives exploring the artistic links between the Habsburg family and the Medici. Most recently, she was awarded the Studia Rudolphina fellowship, which allowed her to study in Prague at the Art History Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences in March 2018. During her fellowship at the Medici Archive Project she aims to focus more closely on the interrelated cultural relationship concerning the prominent figureheads of the Habsburg and Medici courts, namely the Holy Roman Emperors Rudolf II and Maximilian II, Archduke Ferdinand II of Tyrol and the Florentine Dukes, and later Grand Dukes Cosimo I de’ Medici and Francesco I de’ Medici.
Pierre Nevejans is pursuing his Ph.D. in Early Modern History at the École normale supérieure de Lyon, where he also obtained two Master’s degrees in early modern history and history of political thought. Alongside his research, Pierre teaches in the history department of the University of Lyon 3. His thesis work is placed under the co-direction of Romain Descendre, Professor of Italian Studies at the ENS of Lyon and Nicolas Le Roux, Professor of Early modern History at the University of Paris 13 and within the framework of the Triangle laboratory. His research focuses on the concept of diplomatic agents and the role of ambassadors within a complex network of informants and servants, through the case study of Cosimo I de Medici’s agents in France during the first part of his reign, up to the war of Siena (1537 – 1554). At the Medici Archive Project, he will focus on informants settled by Cosimo in Caterina de’ Medici’s entourage.
Elisa Paoli received her Master’s degree in Art History at University of Florence in 2018. Her research interests focus on the extra-urban residences in the Florentine region from the Late Medieval Age to the Early Modern Age, with a particular reference to the Medici family’s ownership. The results of her historical-documentary study on Medici properties of Cafaggiolo and Trebbio between the 14 th and 15 th centuries are collected in her MA Thesis and will be published soon. She is currently developing the findings of her MA thesis on the 16 th century through her research at the Archivio di Stato in Florence.
Lunarita Sterpetti obtained the Bachelor’s Degree in Historical and Artistic Studies in 2015 and then the Master’s Degree in Art History in January 2018 at La Sapienza in Rome. In the same year she won the post-graduate scholarship for a six-month research project at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and the Ph.D. in History of Art. During the years of university she carried out training activities at the Barberini and Corsini National Galleries and participated in the Iconos project for which she studied the textual and iconographic tradition of the myth of Leda and the swan. In 2017 she won the “Path of excellence” program for deserving students and then carried out a period of study and research at the State Archives of Florence, the results are collected in the Master’s degree Thesis, title “The hidden collection of Ottaviano de’ Medici (1482 – 1546)”. Currently, she studies the collection of Ottaviano de’ Medici (Florence 1482 – 1546) in relation to the contemporary political reality of Florence, to the history of the Medici and private Florentine collecting during the first half of the XVI century.