Principal Investigators

Daryl Green

Daryl Green is Librarian at Magdalen College, Oxford. Daryl has worked professionally with manuscripts and early printed books for over a decade at York Minster Library, the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), the University of St Andrews, and Oxford. He has taught book history and descriptive bibliography at all levels, including masterclasses.

His expertise is in the materiality of late medieval manuscripts and early printed books, including bindings, provenance, provincial printing, and the slow and disjointed transition of manuscript culture to the printed book markets. Daryl has curated and co-curated several exhibitions and workshops ranging in topics from the history of science to fine-press printing.


Laura Moretti

Laura Moretti is Senior Lecturer in Art History at the University of St Andrews. Her field of expertise is Italian Renaissance art, architecture and music, with a particular interest in the history of early modern books.

Laura has held prestigious post-doctoral positions (Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge, 2005-07; Worcester College, University of Oxford, 2007-10; Villa I Tatti, Florence, 2010 & 2014-15), and in 2014-16 has been the co-ordinator of the International Network Daniele Barbaro (1514-70): In and Beyond the Text, funded by the Leverhulme Trust



Carlo Corsato

Design and Implementation

Carlo Corsato is a specialist in early-modern art and architecture in Italy and Flanders. He has lectured and given invited talks at a number of institutions, including the Morley College, London, and the universities of St Andrews, Glasgow, and Buckingham. He is passionate about web communication and digital humanities. In collaboration with his students at the University of Buckingham, he designed and created Renaissance Art DataBase, an interactive map equipped with metadata that features images and location information about works of art. Carlo designed and implemented our website, whose theme and functions are based on Simply Academia, a digital platform that he started developing when he was a post-doc fellow at the Dutch Institute, Florence (2015) and a visiting scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge (2016).

Social Media

Stephen Ellcock

Facebook, Guest Curator

Stephen Ellcock is a London-based online collector and curator of images, writer, researcher, and former musician and bookseller who spends most of his time nowadays creating an ever - expanding, virtual museum on Facebook and Instagram. His ongoing attempt at creating the ultimate social media ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ has so far attracted more than 200,000 followers and increasing media attention.

Catherine Lacroix

Facebook, Editor

Catherine Lacroix is currently a student at the University of St Andrews, pursuing a Master’s degree in art history and working as the marketing officer for the Postgraduate Society. She completed her undergraduate studies in Canada at Concordia University (2017) and at McGill University (2013) in psychology. She aspires to complete her PhD in the UK, focusing on the patronage activities of religious women in the Italian Renaissance.

Graphic Design

Pia Marziano

Pia Marziano is an architect, born in Rome and now living and working both in Italy and Chile. She graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago and is currently working on her doctorate in Architecture and Construction at the Università di Roma La Sapienza. She has mixed with her research teaching posts at both the Faculties of Architecture at the Universidad de Chile (2010) and Roma La Sapienza (2014). She has participated as a tutor in international workshops and her writings and projects have been on display in exhibitions and magazines. She has also combined her profession with her passion for art, which has led to the creation of such projects as “Nauta” which mixes artisanal craft and design. Pia creates personalised stationery items that we offer to our contributors. She also selected for us the geometric forms which guide you through our website.


Monica Azzolini

Monica Azzolini is Associate Professor in the History of Science at the University of Bologna. Italy. She formerly taught at the universities of Washington (U.S.), NSW (Australia) and Edinburgh (U.K.). Her research explores the intersection of science and culture in a variety of contexts. These include Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomies in Renaissance Milan, the political and medical uses of astrology at the Sforza court of Milan, and, more recently, the significance of the cult of ‘disaster’ saints in early modern Italy and beyond. She has been awarded grants and fellowships from the British Academy, Villa I Tatti - The Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, the Warburg Institute, the Leverhulme Trust, Trinity College (Cambridge), and NERC (Natural Environment Research Council), among others. Her current project investigates how early modern ideas of the environment and natural disasters within it shaped other cultural and intellectual domains such as religion, theology, politics, and art.

Francesca Borgo

Francesca Borgo is Lecturer in Art History at the University of St Andrews. She specializes in Renaissance art, with a focus on intersections between visual, literary, and scientific culture, and on the work of Leonardo da Vinci in particular. She has received grants and fellowships from the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz-Max Planck Institute, Villa I Tatti – The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, and the Renaissance Society of America, among others. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.

Karl Galle

Karl Galle is a historian of science specializing in professional and intellectual contexts of the mathematical arts, primarily in the late medieval and Renaissance periods. He received his PhD in the history and philosophy of science from the University of London and then worked in science and public policy positions for the National Academy of Medicine, the U.S. Department of State, and the USAID Foreign Service. More recently he has been a visiting professor at the American University in Cairo (2011-2015) and a research fellow at the Linda Hall Library (2015-2016). He is currently working on a political biography of Nicholas Copernicus and his era.

Cristiano Guarneri

Cristiano Guarneri is adjunct professor in History of Architecture at the University of Padua. He has been a post-doctoral research fellow at the Iuav University in Venice and at the University of Padua, visiting researcher at the State Hermitage, St Petersburg, and has been awarded a starting grant (bourse pour chercheur débutant) from the Swiss National Foundation. His field of expertise ranges from early modern to contemporary architectural history, focusing on the relationships between architectural design and knowledge of science in specific typology of buildings, such as fortresses, early museums and astronomical observatories.

Helen Hiebert

Helen Hiebert is a Colorado artist who constructs installations, sculptures, films, artists’ books and works in paper using handmade paper as her primary medium. She teaches, lectures and exhibits her work internationally and is the author of the books Papermaking with Plants, The Papermaker’s Companion, Paper Illuminated, Playing With Paper, and Playing With Pop-Ups. Helen has an extensive network of paper colleagues around the world and her interest in how things are made (from paper) keeps her up-to-date on current paper trends, which she writes about in her weekly blog called The Sunday Paper. Helen’s most recent installation, The Wish, is a giant dandelion sculpture at Anythink Huron Street Library in Denver. She holds an annual paper retreat in her Red Cliff studio each September.

Karl Kinsella

Karl Kinsella is an associate lecturer in the History of Art department at the University of York. He is a cultural historian with an interest in the development of teaching practices in northern Europe in the central Middle Ages. Having studied the history of art at Trinity College Dublin, he completed his DPhil in History at the University of Oxford in 2015 writing on twelfth-century architectural representations. He has just finished his monograph on Richard and the abbey of Saint Victor.

Francesco Marcorin

Francesco Marcorin is currently Sydney Weinberg Fellow in Architectural History and Preservation at the Italian Academy, Columbia University in the City of New York. His research activity merges architectural history and archaeology and focuses on the influence of local antiquities on early-modern identity. After completing his PhD at the Università IUAV, Venice (2014), Francesco cooperated with the State Archives of Verona for the full inventory of the Bevilacqua family archive; he was also assistant curator at the Palladio Museum in Vicenza (2016) and Ayesha Bulchandani Curatorial Intern at The Frick Collection in New York (2017).

Russell Maret

Russell Maret is a type designer and private press printer working in New York City. He began printing in San Francisco as a teenager before apprenticing with Peter Koch in Berkeley and Firefly Press in Somerville, Massachusetts. He set up his own press at the Center for Book Arts, New York in 1993 and has been printing and publishing ever since. In 2009 Russell was awarded the Rome Prize in Design from the American Academy in Rome. He has been the printer in residence of the Press in Tuscany Alley, San Francisco (1990); Artist in Residence at the Center for Book Arts, NYC (1996); he is the current North American Vice Chair of the Fine Press Book Association, and a past trustee of the American Printing History Association. Russell’s books and manuscripts are in public and private collections throughout the world.

Stephanie O’Rourke

Stephanie O’Rourke is a Lecturer in Art History at the University of St Andrews. She specialises in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European visual culture, with an emphasis on material and conceptual exchanges between art and science.

Thomas Prince

Thomas Prince’s research centres on connections between Mirror Symmetry, a new field in mathematics connected to String Theory, and the fields of algebraic and symplectic geometry. In particular he is interested in applying ideas from Mirror Symmetry to classification problems in algebraic geometry and to construction problems in symplectic topology. He received his PhD from Imperial College London in December 2016, having completed an undergraduate degree in Mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge, and was elected Fellow by Examination in Mathematics at Magdalen College, Oxford, in 2017.

Sean Roberts

Sean Roberts is Associate Professor and Interim Director of Art History at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts in Qatar. His research explores interactions between Italy and the Islamic lands, the cultural history of maps, and with the place of prints in the histories of art and technology. He is the author of Printing a Mediterranean World (Harvard, 2013).

Camilla Røstvik

Camilla Mørk Røstvik is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Art History at the University of St Andrews. She is researching the visual history of menstruation since 1950. She has previously worked on the AHRC-funded “Publishing the Philosophical Transactions” project. Her PhD is from the University of Manchester and explored the role of artists at the Organisation of Nuclear Research (CERN).

W. Brent Seales

W. Brent Seales is Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department and Principal Investigator for the Digital Restoration Initiative at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Seales has been teaching and mentoring students in computer science at the University of Kentucky since 1991. The focus of his research for the past 20 years has been on restoring and redeeming cultural and historical artifacts from the ravages of time. The challenge of rescuing texts that may be central to Biblical scholarship and the formation of the ancient world is a primary passion. As a result of his innovations, Dr. Seales has become renowned by collectors and curators across the globe, earning a reputation as “the guy who can read the unreadable.” His breakthrough work on the scroll from En-Gedi received international recognition and was featured in Science Advances, the New York Times, Le Monde, and the Times of London.

Chris Thorogood

Chris Thorogood is Head of Science and Public Engagement for the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum. Chris’s research interests centre on evolutionary genetics, plant taxonomy and biodiversity hotspots. Specifically he is interested in speciation and adaptive radiations in cryptic parasitic and carnivorous plant groups, as well as taxonomic diversity in biodiversity hotspots including the Mediterranean Basin region and Japan. Chris won a scholarship in 2005 to carry out his PhD research on speciation in parasitic plants at the University of Bristol for which he won the Irene Manton Prize for botany in 2009. Chris is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London.

Paola Ugolini

Paola Ugolini is Assistant Professor of Italian at The University at Buffalo (SUNY). She holds a Laurea from the University of Bologna, a MA from the University of Venice, and a PhD from New York University. In 2014-15 she was a fellow at Villa I Tatti (The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies). Her research interests include Renaissance court culture, satire, the pastoral mode, and the history of gender and sexuality. She has just completed a monograph on anti-courtliness in early modern Italy.

Anna Venturini

Anna Venturini is a postgraduate student in Museum and Gallery Studies at the University of St Andrews. After graduating in Italian Literature from the University of Bologna, she studied for an MA in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture at the Warburg Institute in London. She is passionate about anything related to Renaissance Art History and Literature, and her dream is to undertake a curatorial career at one of Scotland’s cultural institutions.

Benjamin Wardhaugh

Benjamin Wardhaugh holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford and has been engaged in research and teaching in the history of mathematics since 2006. His ten books include the textbook How to Read Historical Mathematics (Princeton, 2010) and A Wealth of Numbers (Princeton, 2012), an anthology of 500 years of popular mathematics writing; they also include five volumes of critical editions. His research interests span the sixteenth to the eighteenth century and include mathematical theories of music, the transmission of mathematical texts, and the history of mathematics teaching and numeracy in that period.