Pasquale Focarile received his MA degree in art history at University of Pisa in 2012 and his PhD from the University of Florence (Pegasus International Doctoral programme in History of the Visual and Performing Arts; Universities of Florence-Pisa-Siena / Regione Toscana) in 2016, under the supervision of Prof.ssa Cinzia M. Sicca. In 2017 Firenze University Press awarded Dr. Focarile with the “Premio Tesi di Dottorato 2016” for best doctoral dissertation in humanities field. His doctoral research examines the evolution of the patterns of display of art in the private mansions of a noble Florentine family, the Mannelli, and illustrates the varying importance attributed to art in the representation of the aristocratic identity of the family over the long period of transformation from merchants to courtiers. His research at the Medici Archive Project focuses on the production of family trees (painted, drawn and engraved) in Tuscany between the 16th and 20th centuries, and on its display in the domestic setting.
Dr. Mattia Zangari’s research interest has been in the field of female saints’ biographies. His PhD dissertation entitledHagiography, memorials and ‘fabulae depictae’ was completed in 2016 at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, 2016, under the supervision of Prof. Lina Bolzoni. Dr Zangari was a also “cotutelle” scholar at Ludwig – Maximilians Universität in Munich and a member of their Excellence Doctorate Programme (ZMR-Zentrum für Mittelalter- und Renaissancestudien). He also worked on Christian western female saints in the medieval and modern period and, in particular, on the “Vitae matrum” (a collection of women biographies written by the Dominican Thomas of Cantimpré), Santa Caterina da Siena, Sant’Angela da Foligno, Santa Caterina da Bologna, and the female saints of the Ottonian dynasty. He also studied the hagiography of female saints, Medieval transvestitism, treatises on mystical literature, and Medieval sacred works of art.
Margherita Cinti earned a Master’s Degree in History of Modern Art from the University of Florence and she then graduated from the “Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Storico-artistici” at the University of Florence with a dissertation entitled Devozione francescana al tempo di Cosimo I de’Medici: Bernardo Dragoncini e l’“Ultima cena” nel refettorio del convento di San Francesco a Fiesole. She has been working for University of Kent (supported by “Kress Foundation”) in relation to the development of a Central Italian Renaissance Documents Website. Her interests are focused on archive research regarding artistic, social and cultural context of the 16th century in Florence.