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Jonathan Nelson

PhD, New York University; New York, USA


A specialist in Italian painting and sculpture in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, with specific interests in patronage and the representation of women, his books include The Patron’s Payoff: Economic Frameworks for Conspicuous Commissions in Renaissance Italy (2008), monographic studies on Filippino Lippi (2004), Leonardo da Vinci (2007), and Plautilla Nelli (2008, 2000), and exhibition catalogues on Robert Mapplethorpe (2009), Botticelli and Filippino (2004), and Venus and Cupid. Michelangelo and the New Ideal of Beauty (2002). Prof. Nelson  has been teaching art history for Syracuse University in Florence since 1994, and offers both undergraduate and graduate courses.