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  • Liturgical Studies/Sacramental Theology
  • Rome Center
  • School

  • School of Theology and Religious Studies
  • Expertise

  • Sacred/Liturgical Art and Architecture
  • Liturgical furnishings
  • Ecclesiastical patronage
  • History of papal families collecting
  • Roman Renaissance Baroque
  • Cultural Studies
  • Flavia De Nicola is an Early Modern art historian. She has taught “Art and Patronage in Renaissance and Baroque Rome” in the International Program of the Boston College in Rome. Since 2020, she has also served as Cultore della Materia (Honorary Fellow) in Early Modern Art History at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, where she is a member of boards for exams and thesis co-advisor.
    In 2022, she assisted the organization of the exhibition “Patronage and Devotion : a Focus on Six Roman Baroque Paintings” at Villa Mondragone (Monte Porzio Catone), co-curated by Prof. Giovan Battista Fidanza and Prof. Guendalina Serafinelli, with the institutional support of the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, IRVIT - Regional Institute for Tuscolan Villas, The Catholic University of America, Pontifical Irish College. She collaborated as a curatorial intern at the Vatican Museums (2019-2020), and trained at the Ecole du Louvre (2012).
    She has taken part in several International conferences such as the “67th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America” (2021), and “The Third Balkan Symposium on Archaeometry. The Unknown Face of the Artwork” in Bucharest (2012). She also took part in a research project at the ENEA National Agency, aimed at the study of Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. She has published on scientific journals and she has co-curated a monographic volume on the woodcuts of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili incunabulum (2020).

    Currently, she is a PhD candidate at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, completing her doctoral dissertation on the Borghese’s patronage and collecting at the papal Villa Mondragone. Since 2014, she has been the co-founder and author of Milestone Rome art project.