Evelyn Welch: Project Leader/Principal Investigator 1

Theme 1: Fashion Networks, New Technologies, Patents and Protection

Professor of Renaissance Studies, Queen Mary, University of London, United Kingdom

Email: e.welch@qmul.ac.uk

Website: www.english.qmul.ac.uk/staff/welche.html

Research interests:

Italian Renaissance art and culture, Renaissance and Early Modern dress, Early Modern material culture

Research Profile:

Evelyn Welch is an art historian with a special interest in European visual and material culture between 1300 and 1700. She is the author of Art and Authority in Renaissance Milan (Yale, 1995), Art in Renaissance Italy, 1350-1500 (OUP, 2000) and Shopping in the Renaissance: Consumer Cultures in Italy 1400-1600 (Yale, 2005) which was jointly awarded the Wolfson Prize for History in 2006. She is co-editor of The Material Renaissance (Manchester University Press, 2007) the result of a three-year Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Getty Foundation funded project on Italian Renaissance consumption. She has a forthcoming monograph, Making and Marketing Medicine in Renaissance Florence (with Dr James Shaw) which will be published by Rodopi Press. Her current work focuses on early modern dress and material culture and she has recently completed an AHRC-funded network exploring early modern dress and textiles: www.earlymoderndressandtextiles.ac.uk. Professor Welch is currently serving as Vice-Principal, Research and International Affairs at Queen Mary, University of London.

Selected Publications:

with James Shaw, Making and Marketing Medicine in Renaissance Florence: the Speziale al Giglio, Clio Medica series, Rodopi, Amsterdam, forthcoming, 2011.
“Art on the Edge: Hair and Hands in Renaissance Italy”, Renaissance Studies, 2009
“Women in Debt: Financing Female Authority in Renaissance Italy”, in Donne di potere nel Rinascimento, eds, Letizia Arcangeli and Susanna Peyronel, Viella s.r.l., Rome, 2008, 45-66.
“Lotteries in Early Modern Italy”, Past and Present, 199, 2008, pp.71-111.
“Signs of Faith: The Political and Social Identity of Hair in Renaissance Italy”, in La fiducia secondo i linguaggi del potere. ed. Paolo Prodi, il Mulino, Bologna, 2008, pp. 371-86.
with Rosa Tamborrino, eds, Shopping and Housing: Shops, Merchants’ Houses and the Market-place in Europe in the Early Modern Age (Special issue of Città e storia, 2007)
Shopping in the Renaissance. Consumer Cultures in Italy, 1350-1600, Yale University Press, 2005 (paperback edition, 2009).
with Michelle O’Malley, eds, The Material Renaissance, Manchester University Press, Manchester, 2007.
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