- Visual and material culture in the early modern period
- Artistic theory and practice
- Landscape painting and drawings
- Intersections between art, science and technology
- Early modern theatre
Art & Technology in the Early Modern Era: Perspective Machines and Landscape Images
- Pittura di paesaggio e scenografia teatrale. Teoria e pratica artistica (1580-1640), Roma 2021.
- Il Cours de peinture di Roger de Piles: la teoria della pittura di paesaggio nel primo Settecento, Torino 2021.
- “A voyage from Florence to Rome in April 1616: Giulio Parigi’s sketchbook and archival documents”, Getty Research Journal, 12 (2020), pp. 205-218.
- “La vita e l’attività dei pittori di paesaggio a Roma, A.D. 1629”, in Roma 1629: una microstoria dell'arte, hg. v. Jan Blanc und Marije Osnabrugge, Roma 2020, pp. 93-105.
- “Lo studio degli alberi nei ‘capitoli aggiunti’ degli apografi leonardeschi: storia e fortuna critica”, in Monza Illustrata 4, hg. v. Roberta Delmoro und Alessandro Di Gennaro, Roma 2020, pp. 75-93.
Elisa Spataro studied at Sapienza University of Rome, where she received her PhD in Art History in 2019. She specializes in early modern visual culture, art theory and practice, with a focus on landscape painting and drawing. Her recent research has explored the intersection between art, science and technology from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century. She wrote a doctoral dissertation about the relationship between landscape painting and theatrical stage design from the late-sixteenth century to the first decades of the seventeenth century. It was awarded a publication prize, and her book, Pittura di paesaggio e scenografia teatrale. Teoria e pratica artistica (1580–1640), was published with De Luca Editori d’Arte (Rome, 2021). Her research has been funded by the Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura of Turin, Italy (2019–2020), and Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (2021–2022).