Before moving to Munich, I was a researcher at the department of History and Civilization at the European University Institute in Florence. I received my Ph.D. in December 2016 with a dissertation entitled “Art, Piety and Conflict in Early Modern Spain: the Religious and Artistic Patronage of Cardinal Bernardo de Sandoval between Toledo and Rome (1599-1618)”. In my dissertation, I demonstrate how the patronage of sacred art was a fundamental practice for shaping the rhetoric of piety with which ecclesiastical patrons negotiated their reputation. I also hold a Master of Research in History from the EUI (2013), and an M.A. (2010) and a B.A. (2008) in Art History from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
My doctoral dissertation was fully supported (2012-2016) by a Salvador de Madariaga fellowship granted by the Spanish Ministry of Education, which allowed me to conduct research in over thirty archives and libraries across Europe. As part of my doctoral training, I spent two months as a visiting student at The Courtauld Institute of Art in 2015. I have presented different aspects of my work in Italy, Spain, UK, Germany, France, USA and Canada. My participation in international conferences and workshops has been supported by the Museo del Prado, the Escuela Española de Historia y Arqueología en Roma, the Istituto Storico Italiano per l'Età Moderna e Contemporanea, and the Centro Internazionale di Studi dell’Architettura “Andrea Palladio”.
I have coordinated and designed the postgraduate training course “In the Archives: Research Strategies and Palaeography” at the EUI (2016), and assisted in teaching the undergraduate course “Europa e Islam. L’immagine del Turco nella cultura europea del Cinquecento” at the Università degli Studi di Firenze (2016). In June 2015, I completed a Higher Education Teaching Skills certificate program at the EUI, which included workshops on university teaching and learning strategies, methods of student assessment and course design.