Nora Lambert


Nora S. 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 in the Mediterranean basin, 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 Pinturicchio’s 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 Philadelphia Museum of Art, and several New York City collections. Nora was the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art, where she curated the 2021 exhibition, Lust, Love, and Loss in Renaissance Europe. From 2021-2022, she was a Fulbright Fellow in Naples, Italy and is the 2022-2024 Kress Foundation History of Art Institutional Fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome.