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Professor Stefano Cracolici


PhD Toronto (Canada), MD Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany)

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Professor in the School of Modern Languages and CulturesA15, Elvet Riverside I+44 (0) 191 33 43429
Co-Director in the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture  
Member of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies +44 (0) 191 33 43429


Stefano Cracolici is Professor of Italian art and literature at Durham University. 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, the medical and humanistic discourse on love, 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). His research has been supported by the AHRC, British Academy and Leverhulme Trust. He has been Scholar in Residence at the Getty Research Institute, visiting professor at the University of São Paulo, UK-Mexico Visiting Chair at the UNAM, director of the Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art at Durham University, and, most recently, Francesco De Dombrowski Visiting Professor at the Villa I Tatti, the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.

Research interests

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

Esteem Indicators

  • 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:

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


Authored book

  • Capitelli, Giovanna, Carroza, Macarena, Cracolici, Stefano, Guzmán Schiappacasse, Fernando & Martínez, Juan Manuel (2017). Arte en la Iglesia de San Ignacio. RiL Editores.
  • Cracolici, Stefano. (2009). Il ritratto di Archigynia: Filippo Nuvoloni (1441-1478) e il suo Dyalogo d'amore. Firenze: Olschki.
  • Stefano Carrai, Cracolici, Stefano & Monica Marchi (2009). La letteratura a Siena nel Quattrocento. Pisa: Edizioni ETS.

Chapter in book

Edited book

  • Capitelli, Giovanna & Cracolici, Stefano (2022). Le arti a Roma nell’Ottocento. Ricerche in corso. Storia dell'arte. Campisano Editore.
  • Cracolici, Stefano & Sandy, Mark (2020). Ghostly Encounters: Cultural and Imaginary Representations of the Spectral from the Nineteenth Century to the Present. Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory. Routledge.
  • Capitelli, Giovanna & Cracolici, Stefano (2018). Roma en México / México en Roma: Las academias de arte entre Europa y el Nuevo Mundo 1843-1867. Storia dell'arte. Campisano Editore.

Journal Article

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