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.


Scott's research focuses on fifteenth-century Florence, although his teaching embraces much more of central Italy, especially Siena and Perugia. His book Art and Violence in Early Renaissance Florence will appear with Yale University Press in June 2018. He is currently completing a book on the Art of Renaissance Florence for a broader audience, which should be published in late 2018. He is also interested in the reception of Renaissance art, especially in the seventeenth century, by artists such as Sassoferrato and Carlo Dolci.


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
  • BA3: Manifestations of Power: The Visual Culture of Fifteenth-Century Florence
  • BA2: Questioning the Italian Renaissance: Art in Italy 1470-1527

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'
  • 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

  • (2015) Mary Camp (co-supervised with Prof. Paul Hills), ‘”Superare la natura”: The Portraits of Jacopo Pontormo’
  • (2017) Joost Joustra, ‘Pictorial Space and Sacred Subject Matter in Florentine Painting 1425-1466’
  • (2017) Laura Llewellyn, ‘Art, Community and Religious Women in the Oltrarno, Florene: The Early Visual Culture of the Convents of Santa Monaca, Santa Chiara and the Annalena'

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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Research Output 2005 2017

'Armeggerie, Wedding Chests and Battles in Fifteenth-century Florence'

Nethersole, S. 2017 (Submitted) In : Renaissance Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Carlo Dolci and the Art of the Past

Nethersole, S. 2017 Carlo Dolci: The Medici's Painter and 17th-Century Florence. Straussman-Pflanzer, E. (ed.). New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 42-53

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingOther chapter contribution

Introduction: Ghiberti and the Courtauld

Nethersole, S. 2017 In : Sculpture Journal. 26, 1, p. 93-98

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The First Murder: The Representation of Cain and Abel in Bologna, Florence and Bergamo

Nethersole, S. 2017 Murder in Renaissance Italy. Dean, T. & Lowe, K. J. P. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 15-40

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Review of book: Anne Leader, The Badia of Florence: Art and Observance in a Renaissance Monastery

Nethersole, S. Jul 2014 In : Burlington Magazine. CVLI, p. 465

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review