In the House of the Muses: Collection, Display and Performance in Sixteenth-Century Italy
Laura Moretti is Senior Lecturer in Art History at the University of St Andrews. She is the author of Dagli Incurabili alla Pietà. Le chiese degli Ospedali Grandi veneziani tra architettura e musica (1522-1790) (2008), and the joint author (with Deborah Howard) of Sound and Space in Renaissance Venice. Architecture, Music, Acoustics (2009). From 2005 until 2007 she was Research Associate at the University of Cambridge and from 2007 until 2010 she was the Scott Opler Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford. She was a Craig Hugh Smyth Visiting Fellow at Villa I Tatti in Spring 2010.
This project examines the relations between space, objects, and people in the residences of collectors and patrons of literature, science and the arts in sixteenth-century Italy. It also investigates how various models devised in these contexts contributed to the development of specific architectural typologies in semi-private and public environments in the following centuries (museums, theatres and concert halls).