Scott Nethersole


  • Strand, Somerset House

    WC2R 0RN London

    United Kingdom

  • 2 Citations
  • 1 h-Index

Personal profile


Scott Nethersole read History of Art as a BA and MA student at The Courtauld, where he specialised in Florentine renaissance art. After four years working for the English furniture department at Sotheby’s, he returned to The Courtauld to take his PhD, writing his thesis on ‘The Representation of Violence in Fifteenth-century Florence’. While writing his doctorate he held the Michael Bromberg Fellowship in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum. From 2008 to 2010, he was the Harry M Weinrebe Curatorial Assistant at the National Gallery, London, before returning to The Courtauld to take up the post of Lecturer in Italian Renaissance Art in September 2010. Scott curated the exhibition Devotion by Design: Italian Altarpieces before 1500 at the National Gallery in summer 2011. He is currently completing a book entitled Art and Violence in Early Renaissance Florence.


Research interests

  • Central Italian, especially Florentine, Art of the Fifteenth Century
  • Violence in Art

Special Awards, Honours & Distinctions

  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


  • MA History of Art: Continuity and Innovation: Reframing Italian Renaissance Art from Masaccio to Michelangelo
  • MA History of Art: From Dante to Michelangelo: Rhetoric, Representation and Identity in Italian Art and Literature: c1300-1550

PhD Students


  • Giulio Dalvit, 'Rethinking Lorenzo di Pietro, known as Vecchietta'
  • Emily Markham, 'Controlling Space, Image and Memory: A Study of Political Exile in Bologna and Florence (1445 to 1515)'
  • Peter Crack (co-supervised with Susanna Avery-Quash), 'Justifying the ‘Italian Primitives’: Public Acquisitions in Twentieth-Century Britain'
  • Joost Joustra, ‘Painted Boundaries: A Study of Sacred Space in Fifteenth-century Italian Art’
  • Laura Llewellyn, ‘Art and the Observance in the Oltrarno: The Early Visual Culture of Four Female Religious Communities in Quattrocentro Florence’
  • Bryony Bartlett-Rawlings (co-supervised with Guido Rebecchini), ‘Nicoletto da Modena and the Centres of Early Italian Print Production, 1490-1530’
  • Alexander Noelle, ‘The Myth and Manipulation of Giuliano de’ Medici’
  • Alexander Rostel, ‘Art and Devotion under Savonarola, 1494-1498’
  • Eowyn Kerr-Di Carlo (co-supervised with Joanna Cannon), ‘Lorenzo Monaco and the Missal of Cardinal Acciaiuoli: Patronage, Production and the Painter-illuminators of Early Renaissance Florence’

Recently completed

  • Mary Camp (co-supervised with Prof. Paul Hills), ‘”Superare la natura”: A Study of the Portraits of Jacopo Pontormo’

Education / Academic qualification

The Courtauld Institute of Art

… → Jan 2009

The Courtauld Institute of Art

… → 2000

… → 1999

External positions

National Gallery, London


CEA, Viale di Villa Massimo


The British Museum


British Institute, Florence


Florence University of the Arts




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