Dr Carol Richardson is Senior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Edinburgh. She specialises in institutional patronage. Her resarch is concerned with the ways in which the patronage of individuals combine to create corporate identity, in particular in early modern Rome.
Carol’s most recent books include Old Saint Peter’s, Rome (2013) and two books on Renaissance cardinals: her monograph Reclaiming Rome (2009), which was described in reviews as ‘a milestone’ and ‘essential reading’, and The Possessions of a Cardinal (2011, co-edited with Mary Hollingsworth). She is currently finishing a manuscript on the cultural identity of the Venerable English College in Rome, the oldest British institution on foreign soil, and the problems of constructing identity for English Roman Catholics when they could not do so legally in their native land.
She has also contributed to and edited widely-used text books, including the anthology of primary sources, Renaissance Art Reconsidered (Blackwell, 2006). She was an academic consultant for the BBC’s Rome: A History of the Eternal City, the Early Modern programme ‘The Rebirth of God’s City’ (first broadcast 19 December 2012).
Her talk is entitled "Art and Gynecology at St Peter's in Rome"
The event is free and open to all.