Lydia Goodson

PhD Student

Continuing MPhil/PhD Student

Thesis Title 

'Umbrian Patrons 1480-1510: A Study in the Dynamics of Regional Patronage'

Supervisor -  Michelle O’Malley


Lydia holds a BA in Renaissance History from the University of Warwick, and an MA in History of Art from the University of Sussex. Her PhD research at the Warburg Institute centres on the operation of artistic patronage in the towns of Northern Umbria late fifteenth and early sixteenth century; a period that saw extensive renovation and adornment of the region’s churches.

Funded - Recipient of AHRC doctoral scholarship

Teaching Experience

Associate Tutor, Stories of Art First Year Undergraduate Module, University of Sussex, Autumn 2015

Assistant for Rome study trip for Second Year Undergraduates, University of Sussex, April 2016

Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Conference Papers

El Maestro el Megliore’; being ‘the best’ in the art market in Perugia in 1505.
 Paper for the Annual Conference of the Association of Art Historians, 2015.

How did a Spanish immigrant build a painting career in Sixteenth Century Umbria? Uncovering the Patrons of Giovanni di Pietro. 
Paper for the Art History Doctoral Study Day, University of Sussex, October 2015.

Patterns of Patronage in Renaissance Perugia: a practical application of Digital Humanities.
Paper for the CHASE Encounters Conference, The Open University, November 2015.

‘Tovallie nuove nostrale listate’: Tracing the Materiality and Depiction of Perugia Towels in Renaissance Italy. 
Paper for the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Festival at the University of Kent, June 2016.

Panel Chair for The Art of the Network: Visualising Social Relationships 1400-1600, conference at the Courtauld Institute, April 2017.

Co-founder (with Genevieve Verdigel) of New Dialogues in Art History: a seminar group based at the Warburg Institute that provides a platform for art history research students to present and discuss their work.