Luisa Capodieci

Frances Yates Long-Term Research Fellow




I am Frances Yates Long-Term Research fellow at the Warburg Institute where I am working on the Egyptian afterlife in French Renaissance Art. I am Maître de Conférences at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and I am an art historian of early modern iconography and symbolism with particular focus on France and Italy, increasingly extending my research to transcultural networks. I devote a particular attention to the ways in which images and knowledge intersect and interact, especially in establishing connections with the invisible.

After graduating from La Sapienza Università di Roma, and from the School of Specialization in Art History in the same University, I obtained my PhD from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. I held prestigious fellowships at Villa I Tatti – The Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies and at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence.

I have a strong interest in the survival of the ancient gods in the Renaissance and I widely published on mythological, astrological and magical images in French and Italian artistic production during the 16th century. I am the author of Medicaea Medaea. Art, astres et pouvoir à la cour de Catherine de Médicis (Geneva, 2011) and the co-editor of various books as Il Sogno d’arte di François Ier. L’Italie à la cour de France (Rome, 2019), Miroirs de Charles IX. Imaginaire et symbolique (Geneva, 2018), Homère à la Renaissance. Mythe et transfigurations (Paris-Rome, 2011). I have also worked on French festivals, on courtly artistic production and I have organized many international symposia in different countries. I am actually member of the scientific committee of Fontainebleau Castle.

Another field of my researches is 19th century Symbolism, especially the art of Gustave Moreau on which I published many studies and also the integral edition of the artist’s correspondence during his stay in Italy (Paris, 2002). I have been co-curator of exhibitions in France, Italy and Japan.