History of Art


Laura Scalabrella Spada


The Bizzarie di Varie Figure and Performative Cycles of Prints in Seventeenth-Century Italy and France.

My thesis focuses on imaginative 17th century prints between Italy and France. I am particularly interested in early modern discourses on the body and its processes, boundaries and relations.

My PhD is funded by the UCL History of Art department and supervised by Professor Rose Marie San Juan


2015-present MPhil and Ph.D. in History of Art - University College London.
2013-2015 MA in History of Art - University College London.
2009-2013 BA in History of Art - La Sapienza University of Rome.


“Giulio Bonasone’s anatomical engravings”, Bollettino Telematico dell’Arte, 21 April 2019, n. 865 

“Le Figure Anatomiche di Giulio Bonasone”, Bollettino Telematico dell’Arte, 1 March 2019, n. 865

 “The Body Re-Imagined: the Bizzarie di Varie Figure and Performative Cycles of Prints in Seventeenth-Century Florence”, Object, Vol. 19, 2017, 77-94 

Conference Papers

''Bites Here and There'': Literal and Metaphorical Cannibalism across Disciplines, University of Warwick – 17/11/2018
“Constructing transgression: cannibalism, witchcraft and womanhood in Lo Stregozzo”

Third Year Ph. D. Symposium, University College London – 26/06/2018
“Beyond Representation: The Bizzarie di varie figure and Bodily Potential”

The Science of Naples, ‘1500-1700’, IAS, University College London – 20/04/2018
“Images of death: the Horror of Disease in an Early Modern Neapolitan Wax Sculpture” 

Bodies in Motion in the Early Modern World, King’s College London – 16/06/2017
 “Motion and stillness: the body-city in Braccelli’s Bizzarie di Varie Figure”

The Uses of Utopia, Clare College, Cambridge – 26/06/2016
“Shaping the Imaginary City: More’s Utopia and Early Modern Anthropomorphic Maps”


Sep 2018 – Jan 2018: Course Tutor, UCL, Department of History of Art – Art in London 1600 – 1850

Sep 2017 – Jan 2018: Teaching Assistant, UCL, Department of History of art – Core course

Sep 2016 – Jun 2017: Teaching Assistant, UCL, Department of History of art – Foundation course

Other Work Experience and Events

January 2018 – January 2019: Editor of Object: Graduate Research and Reviews in the History of Art and Visual Culture (UCL, History of Art Department).

5-6 October 2018: Permeable Bodies in medieval and early modern visual culture. International conference funded by the Institute of Advanced Studies at UCL (organised with Lauren Rozenberg).

26 June 2018: “3rd Year Ph. D. Symposium”, History of Art Department, UCL

Sep 2017 – ongoing: co-founder and coordinator of “Medieval to Modern Art Group”

Grants and Funding

6 November 2018: History of Art Department Research Travel & Conference Fund (£65)

14 May 2018: Institute of Advanced Studies – Octagon Small Grants Fund (£802.35). 

October 2015 – September 2018: Critical Histories of Art Studentship – History of Art Department, UCL.