Lia Markey specializes in Italian Renaissance art with particular concentrations on artistic and cultural exchange between Italy and the Americas, Medici patronage, prints and drawings, and collecting history. She has been the recipient of a Kress Foundation Fellowship at the Kunsthistorisches Institute in Florence, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship and a Renaissance Society of America Research Grant. Prior to teaching at Princeton, Dr. Markey taught courses at Fordham University, The New School, Yeshiva University and the University of Pennsylvania as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities. She has worked at the Smart Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Morgan Library and the Princeton University Art Museum where she is contributing to the research and writing of a forthcoming catalogue of Italian drawings. Dr. Markey recently completed a book manuscript entitled, Imagining the New World in Medici Florence: Art, Collecting, and Cultural Conquest and is currently engaged in researching two different book projects that each investigate novelty and cross-cultural relations in the sixteenth century: one project explores Giovanni Stradano’s Nova Reperta print series while the other examines the life and work of three Italian artists who painted in the Andes of present-day Peru.
“The Riches of the Indies: Francesco and Ferdinando de’ Medici and the Americas,” in Medici Power and Representation in Early Modern Florence, eds. Alessio Assonitis and Brian Sandberg (Rome: Viella Libreria Editrice, forthcoming 2013).
“Stradano’s Allegorical Invention of the Americas in Sixteenth-Century Florence” Renaissance Quarterly 65, 2 (Summer 2012): 385-442.
“Istoria della terra chiamata la nuova spagna: The History and Reception of Sahagún’s Codex at the Medici Court,” in Colors Between Two Worlds: The Florentine Codex of Bernardino de Sahagún, ed. Gerhard Wolf and Joseph Connors with Louis Waldman (Florence: Villa I Tatti The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, 2011): 199-220.
Captured Objects: Inventories of Early Modern Collections, special edition of the Journal of the History of Collections, 23, 2 (2011), co-edited with Jessica Keating. Includes co-authored article with Keating, “Indian Objects in Medici and Austrian-Habsburg Inventories: A Case Study of the Sixteenth-Century Term” (283-300) and a co-authored introduction, “Captured Objects: Inventories of Early Modern Collections” (209-213)
“Medici Statecraft and the Building and Use of Ammannati’s Ponte Santa Trinita” in Italian Art, Society and Politics: A Festschrift in Honor of Rab Hatfield, eds. Barbara Deimling, Jonathan K. Nelson and Gary M. Radke (Syracuse University Press, 2007): 178-193.
“The Female Printmaker and the Culture of the Reproductive Print Workshop,” in The Paper Museum: The Reproductive Print in Europe, 1500-1800, eds. Rebecca Zorach and Elizabeth Rodini, exh. cat. Smart Museum of Art, February 3-May 25, 2005 (The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, 2005): 51-73.