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Sara Matthews-Grieco

Ph.D. in History, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris, France)


Prof. Sara Matthews-Grieco teaches in Renaissance and Early Modern History as well as Women’s and Gender Studies. She was responsible for the creation of the Women’s and Gender Studies focus at SU Florence, and has recently expanded courses cross-listed in LGBT Studies, in the context of Gender and Sexuality Studies in Florence. 

Publications focus on two areas of historical enquiry: (i) the history of women, the family and sexuality in early modern Europe (ii) iconographic literacy and social identity in early visual communications. Author of Ange ou diablesse. La représentation de la femme au XVIe siècle (1991), has edited collective volumes: Picturing Women in Renaissance and Baroque Italy (1997), Monaca, moglie, serva, cortigiana. Vita e immagine della donna tra rinascimento e controriforma (2000),Committenza e “patronage” femminile in Italia all’epoca moderna (2000), The Art Market in Italy,15th-17th centuries (2001), Représentation et identité en Italie et en Europe XVe – XIXe –siècle (2003), Erotic Cultures of Renaissance Italy (2010), Cuckoldry, Impotence and Adultery in Europe (2014). Other publications have appeared in scholarly journals (Renaissance QuarterlyQuaderni Storici, Mélanges de l'École Française de Rome, Word & Image) and in collective volumes:Historical Perspectives on Breastfeeding (1991),Barocco al femminile (1992), A History of Women in the West (vol.3, 1993), Storia del matrimonio (1996), Homo Religiosus (1997),Women and Faith (1999), Women in Italian Renaissance Culture and Society (2000),l'Histoire du corps (2005), Le désir et le goût, une autre histoire (2005),  At Home in Renaissance Italy(2006), Erotic Cultures of Renaissance Italy (2010), Cuckoldry, Impotence and Adultery in Europe (2014). Fellowships and grants awarded by: Collège de France, European University Institute, Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (Villa I Tatti), John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, American Philosophical Society.


Research interests

The sexual cultures of Europe (1400-1800)

Visual literacy and the iconographic construction of identity.