Nora Lambert, M.A.

Kress Fellow

Main Focus

  • Medieval and early modern Italy
  • Cross-cultural interaction in the Mediterranean basin
  • Patronage and reception (e.g. collecting, display, and gift exchange)
  • Making, viewing, and acquiring artworks as gendered practices

Research project

Picturing Mobility: Late Medieval and Renaissance Naples at the Threshold of the Mediterranean

Publications (Selection)

  • "Reframing the Crusade in the Piccolomini Library. Pinturicchio's 'standing Turk' in Siena Cathedral, 15021508", in The Crusades and Visual culture, ed. Elizabeth Lapina, April Jehan Morris, Susanna A. Throop and Laura J. Whatley, Farnham et al. 2015, pp. 223240.

Curriculum Vitae

Nora Lambert is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago, where she specializes in late medieval and early modern Italy. Her research interests include cross-cultural interaction in the Mediterranean basin, as well as issues of patronage and reception, such as collecting, display, and gift exchange. Nora is also focused on the gendered nature of making, viewing, and acquiring artworks. Her dissertation, "Picturing Mobility: Late Medieval and Renaissance Naples at the Threshold of the Mediterranean," explores the wide circulation and transcontinental nature of Neapolitan commissions and collections. Her essay on Pinturicchio’s depiction of crusading in the Piccolomini Library in Siena Cathedral was published by Ashgate Press in 2015. Prior to arriving at the University of Chicago, she held positions at museums including the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and several New York City collections. Nora was the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the University of Chicago's Smart Museum of Art, where she curated the 2021 exhibition, Lust, Love, and Loss in Renaissance Europe. From 20212022, she was a Fulbright Fellow affiliated with the Center for the Art and Architectural History of Port Cities in Naples, Italy. At the Bibliotheca Hertziana, she is the 20222024 Kress Foundation History of Art Institutional Fellow in the Department Michalsky.

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