Meet the Staff

Lorenzo Allori

Director of Technology
M.Sc. University of Pisa (2020-)
Research Interests: Digital Humanities (Digital Archives, Data Visualization), Cybersecurity

Lorenzo Allori has been a member of the Medici Archive Project since 2003, creating the entire MAP information technology infrastructure. He is the project manager for the MIA digital portal and is currently involved in the EURONEWS project as data curator (data entry supervision, data modelling, and data transformation). He maintains the BIA platform and coordinates the digitization process of the volumes of Mediceo del Principato at MAP.  

Maurizio Arfaioli

Senior Research Fellow

Coordinator of the The 100 Initiative
Ph.D. University of Warwick (2002)
Research Interests: Early Modern Military History, Digital Humanities

Maurizio Arfaioli is Senior Research Fellow at the Medici Archive Project since 2011 and has contributed to the contents and development of the Project’s digital platforms and its research programs since 2005.  He is the author of The Black Bands of Giovanni and has published essays and articles on Florentine military history and iconography, and was a curator of the exhibition (Cento lanzi per il Principe) on the German Guard of the Medici Grand Dukes held at the Gallerie degli Uffizi in 2019. Arfaioli’s current projects focus on the Florentine military system under the reign of Cosimo I de’ Medici (1519-74), and the Italian troops in Spanish service in the Low Countries (1568-1714).  He is the coordinator of the ‘The 100 Initiative’ research network, dedicated to the study of the history of the Medici German Guard (1541-1738), and of the ITAF (Italian Troops of the Army of Flanders) digital project.

Sheila Barker

Executive Director of the Friends of MAP

Director of the Jane Fortune Research Program on Women Artists

Ph.D. Columbia University (2002)
Research Interests: Italian Art; Women’s History; Science and Medicine at the Medici Court.

Sheila arrived at MAP in 2005 to develop its database as a Samual H. Kress Curatorial Fellow. In 2010, she founded MAP’s first research program: the Jane Fortune Research Program on Women Artists, which received an award from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women in 2014. Her publications include the 2020 exhibition catalog The Immensity of the Universe in the Art of Giovanna Garzoni as well as three edited volumes: Artemisia Gentileschi in a Changing Light, Women Artists in Early Modern Italy, and Artiste nel chiostro (co-edited with Luciano Cinelli). Her articles have appeared in the Burlington Magazine, the Art Bulletin, the Court Historian, Early Modern Women, the Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz, Memorie Domenicane, and Roma Moderna e ContemporaneaCurrently she is completing a monograph on Artemisia Gentileschi for Lund Humphries’s “Illuminating Women Artists” series. She has just initiated a project on the nativist strain in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Italian ethnobotany. Beyond this, she aims to gather support for a born-digital edition of the 32-tome-manuscript that Cristofano Bronzini around 1610–1620 on the achievements of women across the ages and throughout the world.

Davide Boerio 

Senior Research Fellow – Birth of News
Ph.D. University College Cork/ University of Teramo (2018) 
Research Interests: Political History, Cultural History, Media History, Renaissance History

Davide Boerio is Senior Research Fellow at MAP, where he works within the Birth of News program. He has published articles in Histoire et Civilisation du Livre, Annali dell’Istituto storico italo-germanico in Trento, and he has a chapter in News Networks in Early Modern Europe published by Brill (2016).  His research focuses on the production, reception, and dissemination of political information during the Seventeenth century crisis. He is currently Post-doctoral researcher for EURONEWS project founded by the Irish Research Council.

Stefano Dall’Aglio

Senior Research Fellow – The Falconieri Project
Ph.D. Sapienza University Rome (2003)
Research Interests: Early Modern History, Archival Studies, Digital and Public History

At the Medici Archive Project he is in charge of the Falconieri Project. He has published widely on political and religious dissent in Renaissance Florence and Italy, Girolamo Savonarola, the Florentine exiles, and political opposition to the Medici. He is currently working on a newly discovered corpus of letters written by the prince and cardinal Leopoldo de’ Medici to his agent in Rome Ottavio Falconieri with the aim of producing an online digital edition and a scholarly monograph. He is Assistant Professor of Early Modern History at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

Brendan Dooley

Director of the Birth of News Research Program
Ph.D. University of Chicago (1986)
Research Interests: History of Knowledge, Media History, Digital Humanities

At the Medici Archive Project, as director of the Birth of News program, he is currently working on the emergence, diffusion and impact of handwritten newsletters. He has published extensively on media history and history of knowledge. Recent publications include: A Mattress Maker’s Daughter: The Renaissance Romance of Don Giovanni de’ Medici and Livia Vernazza (Harvard University Press: 2014). Brendan Dooley is the Professor of Renaissance Studies in the Graduate School of the College of Arts at University College Cork.

John Henderson

Director of the Medicine and the Medici in Grand Ducal Tuscany Research Program
Ph.D. University of London (1983)

John Henderson is one of the leading historians of medicine in Renaissance and early modern Tuscany. He is Professor of Italian Renaissance History in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London, and Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge.  Professor Henderson has published a wide range of books and articles on the social, religious and medical history of Medieval and Renaissance Tuscany. Major monographs include: Piety and Charity in Late Medieval Florence (1994, 1997, 1998 in Italian); The Great Pox. The French Disease in Renaissance Europe, with J. Arrizabalaga and R. French (1997), The Renaissance Hospital. Healing the Body and Healing the Soul (1997), and, most recently, Florence under Siege (2019).

Wouter Kreuze

Doctoral Research Fellow
Ph.D. student University College Cork (2019-)
Research Interests: cultural identity, political partisanship

Within the framework of the EURONEWS project, Wouter Kreuze is active in the digitization and digital analysis of the vast collection of avvisi from the Medici collection.  Since 2019 he is pursuing his Ph.D. with University College Cork.  His project focuses on the articulation of cultural identity and political partisanship. Earlier, he obtained B.A. degrees in Italian and History and a Re.Ma. degree in History from Leiden University.”

Piergabriele Mancuso

Director of The Eugene Grant Jewish History Program
Ph.D. University College London (2009)
Research Interests: Early Modern Jewish History and Culture, Jewish Music

Piergabriele joined The Medici Archive Project in 2013 as director of the Jewish history research program, coordinating and developing research initiatives on the role of the Jews in the early modern period. He has published extensively on Jewish history, Hebrew paleography and Jewish music. He is the coordinator of the Ghetto Mapping Project, a major research program aiming to reconstruct the architectural, economic and demographic features of the ghetto of Florence.

Sara Mansutti

Doctoral Research Fellow
Ph.D. student University College Cork (2019-)
Research Interests: Early Modern Media History, Digital Humanities, Book History, Bibliography

Sara Mansutti, as part of the EURONEWS Project, focuses on the newsletters sent by Cosimo Bartoli, Florentine resident in Venice, to the Medici between 1562 and 1572. Her research aims to understand the role of the handwritten newsletters within the diplomacy of the Medici Court and to investigate the relationship between letters and avvisi. Part of her MA thesis, involving the transcription and analysis of a mid Sixteenth-century manuscript inventory of books, has been published in the volume Printing R-Evolution and Society 1540-1500. Fifty Years that Changed Europe (2020). Currently, she is a PhD student in Digital Arts and Humanities at the University College Cork.

Giordano Mastrocola

Senior Research Fellow – Music and the Medici Research Program
Ph.D.  University of Florence (2007)
Research interests: Italian Renaissance music patronage; Renaissance music theory; sacred music in the XVI century Florence

Within the Music and the Medici research program, Giordano Mastrocola is conducting research on the music in Florence during the reign of Francesco I and Ferdinando I de Medici. Among his publications: a monograph on Girolamo Vespa da Napoli with a critical edition of his Primo libro di madrigali (Olschki, 2005), an extensive essay on Vicente Lusitano (in Chanter sur le livre à la Renaissance, Brepols, 2013) and several essays on Italian Renaissance music. He is currently preparing the critical edition of the two books of motets by Francesco Corteccia (1571). Giordano Mastrocola is Associate researcher at the Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès.

Carlotta Paltrinieri

Senior Research Fellow
Ph.D. Indiana University Bloomington (2018)
Research Interests: Social and Intellectual History; Early Modern Academies; Literary History/Aesthetics 

Carlotta Paltrinieri is Assistant Director of the Medici Archive Project since 2018, where she coordinates academic events and educational programs.  She has published on early modern academies, and on the social and intellectual history of Florence and Rome. She is currently working on a monograph on art academies’ investment in, and use of, print media (1560s-1760s). As a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in IRC Euronews Project, she works on the language of avvisi and its relationship to early modern literary and linguistic debates. 

Caterina Pardi

Digitization Technician
Ph.D. Candidate University of Teramo


Caterina Pardi is Digitization Technician at the Medici Archive Project since 2012. She’s the author of interdisciplinary articles about audio-visual communication related to social sciences and history and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Digital Humanities and History at the University of Teramo.   

Giovanni Piccolino Boniforti

Digitization Techinician
B.A. University of Florence

Native of Florence, Giovanni is a photographer, graphic designer and has been responsible for the 3D reconstruction of the Jewish Ghetto of Florence since 2016. With a past as a sports publicist, he is currently pursuing a degree in Architecture at the University of Florence.

Luciano Piffanelli

Director of the Archives of Peace Research Program
Ph.D. University of Toulouse 2 – Sapienza University Rome (2017)
Research Interests: Renaissance Politics and Diplomacy, Violence and Conflict Resolution, Archival Science, Humanism, Cultural History

As Director of Archives of Peace, he is currently working on diplomatic documentation (especially peace treaties, correspondence, and treatises), aiming to reconstruct and reinterpret peacemaking processes in Medici Europe (16th-18th century). He is a member of several international academic organizations and has published books and essays on issues dealing with Renaissance Florentine politics and society; political philology; sovereignty in Medieval and Renaissance Italy; territoriality, boundaries, and frontiers; peacemaking in Renaissance Europe. Luciano Piffanelli is adjunct professor of Early modern history and Archival science at the University of Picardy “Jules Verne” (France).

Marcello Simonetta

Senior Research Fellow
Ph.D. Yale University (2001)
Research Interests:  political and diplomatic history of late fifteenth and early sixteenth-century Italy

Marcello Simonetta has authored several books, among which “Rinascimento segreto. Il mondo del Segretario da Petrarca a Machiavelli” (FrancoAngeli, Milan: 2004), “The Montefeltro Conspiracy” (Doubleday, New York: 2007, translated in four languages) and “Volpi e Leoni. I Medici, Machiavelli e la rovina d’Italia” (Bompiani, Milan: 2014).  He has also published many scholarly articles and edited sources in Renaissance literary, historical and diplomatic history. Currently he is working on a new book on the relationship between Italy and France between the 1530s and the 1550s. He is Professor of European Political History at Sciences Po and at the American University of Paris. 

Nicole Sobolewski
Assistant to the Executive Director, Friends of the Medici Archive Project
B.A. Marywood University (2020)
Research Interest: Quattrocento painting 

Nicole Sobolewski’s internship is based at the Friends of the Medici Archive Project. She recently earned her Bachelors of Art at Marywood University with a major in Art History and minors in English, History, and Writing. She hopes to pursue a career in the field of Art History. Her interests include Quattrocento painting (especially the artistic traditions of Florence and Prato) as well as the history of the Medici dynasty. She considers these issues within the larger framework of Europe’s global connections during the Renaissance era. She enjoys studying Italian and French and speaks fluent Polish. 

Vincenzo Sorrentino

Senior Research Fellow
Ph.D. University of Florence (2018)
Research Interests: Renaissance Art History, Cultural Exchange with Southern Italy

Vincenzo Sorrentino is Social Media Manager at the Medici Archive Project. He wrote catalogue entries for exhibitions in Washington D.C. and Florence, and published articles on the church of the Florentine community and the Medici agents in Naples.  He’s now working on the editing of his dissertation about the patronage and cultural mediations fostered by a Florentine merchants’ family —the del Riccio— in Rome and Naples between the 16th and 17th century.  Being enrolled in the postgraduate school for cultural heritage at the University of Florence, he has recently completed a six-month internship at the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence.

Mark Spyropoulos

Director of the Music and the Medici Program
Guildhall School of Music and Drama (2004)
Research Interests: Renaissance Music and Theory

He is directing the Music Program at MAP whose aim is to uncover unpublished documentary evidence on sacred music composed at the time of the Medici Grand Dukes. He has performed with several early music ensembles in London and France including with William Christie at the Opèra Royal de Versailles, the Philharmonia Chorus and the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court, before joining the Papal Choir of the Sistine Chapel (the first British singer to do so since the Reformation). As one of the most important choirs in the world, it is a team of Renaissance specialists working daily from modern editions of unpublished Renaissance works from the vast Vatican archives, giving premier performances, tours and recordings.  Since 2014 Mark has recorded four albums with Deutche Grammophon including several world premier recordings, and has also toured extensively most recently across South Korea, USA and Canada.