Francesca Borgo, Ph.D.

Responsabile gruppo di ricerca

Interessi di ricerca

  • Philosophies and cultures of curation and conservation
  • Craft and materiality
  • War and visual culture
  • Leonardo da Vinci and the history of Leonardo Studies

Progetti di ricerca

Wartime Care

The Fragile Image

Pubblicazioni (Selezione)

  • Matter and Materiality in Art and Aesthetics: from Time to Deep-Time (conference proceedings CIHA 2019), ed. Francesca Borgo and Riccardo Venturi, Bologna 2021.
  • Leonardo e Vitruvio. Oltre il cerchio e il quadrato (exhibition catalogue Fano), ed. Francesca Borgo, Padova 2019.
  • Leonardo in Dialogue: the Artist Amid his Contemporaries, ed. Francesca Borgo, Alessandro Nova and Rodolfo Maffeis Florence 2019 (Studi e ricerche 12).
  • “Cinquecento and Ottocento at War. The Legacy of Renaissance Battle Painting during the Risorgimento,” in Revision, Revival and Return. The Italian Renaissance in the Nineteenth Century, ed. Alina Payne and Lina Bolzoni, Rome 2017 (I Tatti Research Series 1), pp. 65-84.
  • “Il Furioso e l’arte della battaglia. Ariosto immagina la guerra,” in Orlando Furioso. 500 anni (exhibition catalogue Ferrara), ed. Guido Beltramini and Adolfo Tura, Ferrara 2016, pp. 256-265.

Pubblicazioni (ricerca OPAC)

Curriculum vitae

Francesca Borgo is Assistant Professor in the School of Art History at the University of St Andrews and the Lise Meitner Research Group Leader at the Bibliotheca Hertziana. She is an art historian of early modern Southern Europe with a specialization in the art and theory of Renaissance Italy. Before receiving her PhD from Harvard University in 2017, she studied Art History and Conservation at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. She has held residential fellowships at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles (2017–2018), the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut (2013–2017), the University of Hamburg (2016) and Villa I Tatti – The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (2015).
Borgo has published widely on the intersections between visual, literary, and scientific culture, and on the work of Leonardo da Vinci in particular. She is interested in the interplay between academic and community knowledge on Leonardo and supports public engagement through teaching, public lectures and curatorial work. Her current book manuscript explores the emergence of an art critical discourse surrounding the representation of war during the Cinquecento. This research has been supported by numerous organizations including the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Max Planck Society, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and the Renaissance Society of America. A second book project, The Fragile Image in the Renaissance, looks at the early modern perception of decaying artworks. Early drafts have been presented at CAA, the Getty, Rochester and Cambridge University.
Borgo is currently assembling a Lise Meitner Independent Research Group at the BHMPI. The team will focus on the material and temporal dimension of objects, studying how their physical instability shapes the way we handle, think, and write about them.


  • Rinascimento Conteso Research Group, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max Planck Institut
  • Visualizing War Research Group, University of St Andrews
  • Gruppo di lavoro, Grandi Mostre in Basilica Palladiana
  • St Andrews Institute of Medieval Studies
  • Leonardo da Vinci Society
  • IAS – Italian Art Society
  • ICOM – International Council of Museums
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