Margherita Clavarino

PHD Student

M Clavarino

Miraculous Prints in Early-Modern Emilia-Romagna

Supervisors: Dr Rembrandt Duits and Prof Bill Sherman

Research interests


My doctoral thesis focuses on early modern prints in Emilia-Romagna which were believed to have miraculous powers. To give one example, The Blessed Virgin of the Adoration, today venerated in Fivizzano, is a sixteenth-century woodcut which suddenly appeared in the room of a sick woman. Since miraculous prints are generally anonymous religious prints, objects of devotion and adoration, my research goes beyond the boundaries of the history of art, drawing on other disciplines, such as religious studies, anthropology and history. During the 2000s, Italian early-modern miraculous imagery has become the focus of sustained scholarly enquiry, but little has been specifically written about miraculous prints with the exception of Lisa Pon’s A Printed Icon in Early Modern Italy. Forlì’s Madonna of the Fire (2015). It offers great insight into the individual work and its singular story but without examining the broader category of miraculous prints to which the woodcut belongs, leaving the door open for a more systematic study. 



2017-Present, PhD History of Art - The Warburg Institute

2016-2017, MA History of Art (Print Culture and the Early Modern Arts) - The Courtauld Institute of Art

2013-2016, BA Economics and Management of Art - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Milano



2018-2019, Warburg Institute Bursary

Grants and Fellowships

2018, Warburg Institute Travel Fund

2018, Samuel H. Kress Foundation CAA Conference Travel Fellowship for International Scholars



Clavarino, Margherita. Review: "Art and Miracles in Renaissance Tuscany by Robert Manirua." The Burlington Magazine (August 2019): 691-2.

Clavarino, Margherita. "Stampe miracolose nell'Emilia-Romagna del 1400-1600: la«Madonna del Sangue»." Grafica d’arte XXX, no. 119 (July 2019): 8-14.

Clavarino, Margherita, and Margherita Priarone. Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528): capolavori a bulino. Exh. cat. Genoa: Sagep, 2019.


Conference papers

"The Ecclesiastical Enshrinement of Miraculous Prints in Early-Modern Emilia-Romagna." Reframing, Coronation and Re-installation of Marian Images, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, 7-8 December 2018.

"Miraculous Prints in Early-Modern Liguria."Remarkable Things: The Agency of Objecthood and the Power of Materiality, University of Warwick, Coventry, 10 March 2018.

"The Madonna Bianca of Portovenere." Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Materialism and Ephemeral Prints, CAA 106th Annual Conference (Association of Prints Scholars), Los Angeles, 21-24 February 2018.​


Conferences organised

2017-2018, London, The Warburg Institute

Co-organised and chaired the symposium Mnemonic Waves.


2015-2016 Milan, ICOM

Co-organised the conference Museums and Cultural Landscapes.



Other activities

2019, Vienna, Albertina, Curatorial Intern (Klebebände Projekt)

2019, Vienna, Albertina, Cataloguer (Klebebänden Project)


2018-2019, Genoa, Musei di Strada Nuova, Curator

Curated with Margherita Priarone the exhibition Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528). Capolavori a bulino.


2017, London, Cortesi Gallery, Gallery and Research Assistant


2017, London, Masterpiece, Sales Assistant


2015, Milan, La Triennale di Milano, Cultural mediator



Professional affiliations

​Ars Graphica / Association of Prints Scholars / Courtauld Association / International Council of Museums / Works on Paper Study Group (Courtauld institute)