Diletta Gamberini

Diletta Gamberini

Melville J Kahn Fellow
The Poetry of Artists at the Court of Florence, 1537-1587
Diletta Gamberini


Diletta Gamberini studied Medieval and Humanistic Philology and earned an International PhD (2013) in Italian Studies from the Universities of Florence, Bonn and Paris 4-Sorbonne. Her dissertation, published in 2014, provided the first critical edition with commentary of the poems by Benvenuto Cellini. She was Associate Research Scholar at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University, and has taught at the School in Italy of Middlebury College. Her primary field of expertise is the mid- and late-Cinquecento Florentine literature: she is especially interested in the dialogue and frequent intersections between poetry and the visual arts in that context.

Project Summary

This project aims at offering a wide-ranging study of the Italian poems composed by the painters, sculptors, architects, and goldsmiths in the Florentine courts of Cosimo I and Francesco de’ Medici. The research will investigate in which ways these authors’ professional status and interests shaped their identities as poets.