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Professor Stefano Cracolici, PhD Toronto (Canada), MD Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany)

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43429
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 43421
Room number: A15, Elvet Riverside I
Full Executive Committee Member in the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

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Stefano Cracolici is Professor of Italian art and literature at Durham University, where he directs the Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art. He received a Medical Doctor degree from the Albert-Ludwig University in Freiburg, Germany (1994), a laurea in Italian Literature from the Università degli Studi di Trento (1995), an MA (1996) and PhD in Italian Studies from the University of Toronto (2000). He has joined the School of Modern Languages in 2007, after working as Assistant Professor of Italian (tenure-track) at Dartmouth College (2000-02) and the University of Pennsylvania (2002-06). He has published on Leon Battista Alberti, courtly poetry, medieval and early modern medicine, the Roman Academy of Arcadia, 19th-century art in Europe and the Americas, and Italian cinema. He has been Scholar in Residence at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, visiting professor at the University of São Paulo (Brazil) and UK-Mexico Visiting Chair at the UNAM and the Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico). He sits on the selection panel of the Villa I Tatti Fellowship Programme of the Harvard Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies. His research has been supported by institutions such as the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, the AHRC, GCRF, the Delmas Foundation and the British Council.

Research Projects

Department of History

Research Interests

  • Medieval and Renaissance Italian culture
  • Humanism, medicine, and physiognomy
  • Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472)
  • Visual culture (art, cinema, architecture)
  • Academy of Arcadia
  • 18th-Century Italian Art and Literature
  • 19th Century Latin American Art
  • Italian Cinema

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2021: Visiting Fellow at the Villa I Tatti, The Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies:
  • 2019: Visiting Chair at the Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil):
  • 2018: UK-Mexico Visiting Chair (Cátedra itinerante): Sponsored by the Mexican Government, the visiting professorship post was hold at the UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) and Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.
  • 2009: Member of Research Panel 5 (Modern Languages and Linguistics) of the Arts and Humanities Research Council:

Selected Publications

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Foreign Literature & Language: Italian Art and Literature
  • Museums: Italian Art and Literature
  • Visual culture: Italian Art and Literature
  • Language, Literature & the Arts: Latin American Art
  • Art: Latin American Art
  • Visual culture: Latin American Art
  • European & other international expertise: Diplomacy and the Arts
  • Americas: Diplomacy and the Arts
  • Europe: Language, literature & culture: Diplomacy and the Arts
  • International: Language, literature, culture: Diplomacy and the Arts


Selected Grants

  • 2018: Global Challenge Research Fund, Rome in Mexico Exhibition Project
  • 2013: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Standard Grant, Translating Cultures: The Languages of Diplomacy between the Early-Modern and the Modern Worlds.
  • 2012: The Leverhulme Trust, Leverhulme Visiting Professorship, Prof. Giovanna Capitelli, Università della Calabria (Italy), Rome in the World.
  • 2011: The Leverhulme Trust, Leverhulme Visiting Professorship, Prof. Isabella Lazzarini, Università del Molise (Italy), Renaissance Diplomacy.
  • 2010: The British Academy, British Academy Research Development Award (BARDA), Arcadian Conversations: Faustina Maratti Zappi, her Poetry and her Salon in Rome.
  • 2008: The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation (New York), Grant for independent research in Venice and the Veneto.

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