Dr Lucia Tantardini is a Teaching Associate, Affiliated Lecturer, and Research Fellow in History of Art at Cambridge University.
Born and raised in Milan, she graduated from the University of Pavia with a degree in Art History (2001). She then worked for three years in the Old Master Drawings and Paintings Department at Christie’s London (2002-2004) and for another three years in the Prints and Drawings Department of the Art Institute of Chicago (2005-2007).
Through these experiences she developed her passion and expertise on master drawings and paintings, which she consolidated while working on her PhD (2014) – also at Cambridge – on the Luini Brothers, a family of talented artists bridging the period between Leonardo da Vinci’s arrival in Milan and Caravaggio’s departure from that city. Her book Aurelio Luini 1530-1593. The Complete Paintings and Drawings is the first monograph on this artist (forthcoming in 2018).
Dr Tantardini’s scholarship is primarily concerned with the development of the arts of drawing and painting in Renaissance and Early Modern Milan. Her wider research interests embrace the European Renaissance and Early Modern period – visual arts and theory – and drawings from the late Medieval tradition of modelbooks until today.
Since she was a doctoral candidate she has been lecturing in the Department of History of Art at Cambridge. A recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, she was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Milan (2014), at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice (2015) and at the Dutch University Institute of Art History in Florence (2015).
Among other conferences, she organised and convened the Cambridge International Study Day Drawing in Cinquecento Milan (2016) and she is currently planning the next two sessions on Drawing in Seicento Milan and Drawing in Quattrocento Milan, which are scheduled for 2017 and 2018 respectively.