Anne Leader

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Anne Leader is Visiting Fellow at the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH), where she is developing Digital Sepoltuario, an interactive website that chronicles the memorial landscape of medieval and Renaissance Florence.

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Dr. Anne Leader is an art historian and author. Since 2016 she has been Visiting Fellow at the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH), where she is developing Digital Sepoltuario, an interactive website that chronicles the memorial landscape of medieval and Renaissance Florence (sepoltuario.iath.virginia.edu). The Digital Sepoltuario team has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, the Kress Foundation, and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. Dr. Leader’s research on Florence’s memorial culture has also been supported by Harvard University, the American Philosophical Society, the Renaissance Society of America, SCAD, and ARTstor.

Leader holds a joint History-Art History BA from Emory University, and she earned her MA and PhD in the History of Art and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts (NYU). She was the 2008-2009 Rush H. Kress Fellow at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence, Italy, where she completed her monograph The Badia of Florence: Art and Observance in a Renaissance Monastery (Indiana University Press, 2012) and began work on Digital Sepoltuario. More recently she edited and contributed to Memorializing the Middle Classes in Medieval and Renaissance Europe (Medieval Institute Publications, 2018) and revised and edited Josephine Jungić’s Giuliano de’ Medici: Machiavelli’s Prince in Life and Art (MQUP, 2018). Her work has also appeared in several essay collections and exhibition catalogues. Leader’s articles and reviews can be found in a variety of journals including The Burlington Magazine, caa.reviews, Human Evolution, The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH), Renaissance Quarterly, Renaissance Studies, Speculum, and Studies in Iconography. For a full list of publications, visit virginia.academia.edu/AnneLeader.

Leader’s presentations and publications explore a range of topics in Italian Renaissance art, architecture, urbanism, and religious tradition, including: Michelangelo’s final project for the Sistine chapel, Benedictine monasticism and artistic patronage, Renaissance workshop practices and artistic authorship, and, most recently, burial practices and tomb monuments. She is especially interested in sacred art and architecture, specifically in how images and buildings were used by individuals and institutions for devotional practice, corporate identity, doctrinal instruction, and propaganda. She has extensive archival experience, working with medieval, Renaissance, and early modern manuscripts and other materials in various Italian archives.

Leader founded and edited IASblog from July 2013 to July 2016 (italianartsociety.tumblr.com) and has done curatorial work for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Richard Gray Gallery, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Leader has taught undergraduate and graduate art history at the University of New Hampshire, Kean University, The City College of New York, and SCAD-Atlanta. Most recently she has been an instructor at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University.

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