Nora Lambert


Nora Lambert is a PhD candidate focusing on late medieval and early modern Italy, with a minor in Islamic art. Her research interests include cross-cultural interaction between Italy and the Islamic Mediterranean, as well as issues of patronage and reception, such as collecting, display, and gift exchange. Nora’s dissertation, “Picturing Mobility: Late Medieval and Renaissance Naples at the Threshold of the Mediterranean,” explores the wide circulation and transcontinental nature of Neapolitan commissions and collections. Her essay on the depiction of crusading in the Piccolomini Library in Siena Cathedral was published by Ashgate Press in 2015. Prior to arriving at the University of Chicago, she held positions at museums including the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and several New York City collections. Nora is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the Smart Museum of Art, where she is curating the 2021 exhibition, Lust, Love, and Loss in Renaissance Europe.