Research Assistant (Italian Drawings Project)

Angelamaria Aceto

Angelamaria Aceto

Tel: 01865 278050

I am a drawing specialist with an interest in the early modern period and am currently part of a research team working on the cataloguing of Italian drawings at the Ashmolean Museum.  I have previously been Research Assistant on a  major project funded by the Leverhulme Trust, led by Catherine Whistler, devoted to Raphael and eloquence in drawing, which culminated in the acclaimed exhibition  'Raphael: the Drawings' (Ashmolean Museum 1 June–September). Raphael has been the focus of my research with papers and forthcoming articles. 

My publications in peer-reviewed journals reflect my long-standing concern with the functions, uses and materiality of works on paper and in questions of connoisseurship, as well as my broader interest in paintings, sculpture and particularly architecture. In my current role I am focusing on the remarkable, underexplored, collection of architectural and ornament drawings of the Ashmolean Museum from the 15th- to the 18th- centuries. I also provide curatorial support to the Keeper of Western Art which allows me to broaden my knowledge of other parts of the Western Art Collection. 

I was educated as an art historian at the University Federico II in Naples before completing an MA at the UCL focusing on graphic arts. I joined the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum as a Michael Bromberg Fellow and subsequently the Ashmolean Museum as a Print Room Assistant and then Print Room Supervisor. Shortly after becoming Senior Print Room Supervisor, I was appointed Research Assistant on the Leverhulme-funded research devoted to Raphael drawings. I was the recipient of the 2013 Francis Haskell scholarship which led to a collaboration with the Gabinetto di Stampe e Disegni Uffizi, Florence, and Museum Fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max Planck Institute,  Rome (March-May 2018). My current post has been made possible with the generous support of the Tavolozza Foundation



2019. On Raphael’s use of blind stylus and on new sketches for the Disputa, in Catherine Whistler, Ben Thomas eds., Raphael: Drawing and Eloquence, Accademia Raffaello, Urbino, forthcoming

2018. The Last Supper, Vienna 195r, a new geometrical study and an hypothesis for its architecture , proceedings of the international symposium Raphael Zeichnungen (Albertina, Vienna, 21-22 November 2017, forthcoming.

2018., catalogue entries on Francesco Antonio Bufalini, Lorenzo Nuvolone and Ciro Ferri, ca. 3500 words, fothcoming

2018. Raphael in three early drawings around 1499 (and a new source for the Massacre of the Innocents), Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz, forthcoming

2018. in Andrea Bruciati and Micael Angle, E dimmi che non vuoi morire: il mito di Niobe, Rome 2018 (catalogue entry on Francesco Salviati’s The death of Niobe’s children, Parker 682) forthcoming

2017. From building to print: Giovanni Giacomo de’ Rossi and the making of architectural books, The Burlington Magazine, 2017(a), pp. 697-705

2017. Raphael. The Drawings, Catherine Whistler, Ben Thomas eds. with Achim Gnann, Oxford

2016. A rediscovered drawing by Jean Boulanger (c.1608-1680), Print Quarterly, (4) pp. 406-14 

2015. Angelamaria, in Catherine Whistler, et. al Drawing in Venice. Titian to Canaletto, Oxford, pp. 197-207

2014. Rare drawings for Prints by Francesco Antonio Bufalini, Print Quarterly, (2) pp. 167-74

2014. The Ashmolean Museum: Crossing Cultures, Crossing Time, Oxford, (entries on Giulio Bonasone and Giuseppe Scolari)

2013.A newly discovered miraculous print from Naples, Ashmolean Magazine, 66, 2013, pp. 14-15

2010. La Cappella Caracciolo di Vico in San Giovanni a Carbonara a Napoli e il problema della sua architettura, Bollettino d’Arte del Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, (6) pp. 47-80