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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Jessica Maratsos

Dr Jessica Maratsos
Assistant Professor of Italian in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics
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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
United Kingdom



Jessica Maratsos (PhD Columbia 2014) specialises in Italian Renaissance art, with an emphasis on intermedial exchange, religious practice, and issues of gender and the body.  She is the author of Pontormo and the Art of Devotion in Renaissance Italy (CUP, 2021).  Her current research examines the role of relics as objects of transnational mobility and transformative materiality in the early modern era.  She has previously taught at the American University of Paris, Columbia University, and Harvard University.


Research interests: 
  • Renaissance visual and material culture
  • Intersections between image and text
  • Michelangelo and Vittoria Colonna
  • Epistemologies of the body
  • Religious practice and performance
  • Gender and Christian devotion
  • Concepts of authenticity and originality
  • Mobility and global encounters


Published works: 
  • Pontormo and the Art of Devotion in Renaissance Italy

Cambridge University Press, 2021


  • “‘Inscribed upon their hearts’: Copying and the Dissemination of Devotion,” in Vittoria Colonna: Poetry, Religion, Art, Impact, eds. Virginia Cox and Shannon McHugh (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2021), 173-198.


  • “Cosimo and Religious Heterodoxy in Tuscany,” in Companion to Cosimo I de’ Medici (1519-1574), eds. Alessio Assonitis and Henk Van Veen (Leiden: Brill, 2021), 366-396.


  • “Lodovico Capponi and Florentine Funerary Politics”

The Sixteenth Century Journal 51 (Fall 2020): 643-668.


  • “Michelangelo, Vittoria Colonna and the Afterlife of Intimacy”

The Art Bulletin 99 (2017): 65-97.


  • “Pictorial Theology and the Paragone in Pontormo’s Capponi Chapel”

Art History 40 (2017): 938-963.


  • “The Offense of Romanitas: Tintoretto at the Scuola Grande di San Rocco,”

Confraternitas 21 (2010): 43-51.