Walter Cupperi

Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa

Co-sponsored by the Kress Foundation

Italian sculpture in the Netherlands: 1530-1556


Walter Cupperi (1976) was educated at the University of Pisa (MA in Humanities) and at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (diploma di licenza and PhD in History of Art). He received research fellowships from the American Academy in Rome (Italian Fulbright Fellow), the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (assegno di ricerca), the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (Postdoctoral Fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome), as well as several scholarships and grants around Europe (Warburg Institute, London; Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris; Corpus Christi College, Oxford; Ministère de la Communauté Française, Brussels; Società Numismatica Italiana, Milan). 

His areas of special interest include the history of sculpture and metalworks from the 11th to 16th century, portraits in sculptural media, and specific aspects of the classical tradition in the visual arts (re-use, plaster and bronze casts after the antique, collections of antiquities, the history of numismatics, and sarcophagi and burial typologies). Together with Salvatore Settis, he also co-edited a volume of F.C. Panini’s Mirabilia Italiae series, Palazzo Schifanoia a Ferrara, Modena 2007. 

He is currently working on numerous projects concerning cultural exchanges among the Habsburg dominions in Europe, a topic to which he also dedicated his PhD dissertation, Le medaglie nella Milano asburgica (1535-1571): artisti, committenti e fortuna europea. 

His most recent publications are Autorisierte Herrscherbildnisse des Leone Leoni: die Bronzebüsten Karls V. in Madrid, Wien und Windsor Castle, in Drei Fürstenbildnisse: Meisterwerke der Repraesentatio Maiestatis der Renaissance, exhibition cat., Dresden, Grünes Gewölbe, April, 10th 2008 - June, 9th 2008, ed. by M. Minning, Dresden 2008, pp. 27-38, and Il busto di Alfonso II d’Avalos ed altre opere di Annibale Fontana, in “Prospettiva”, 125, 2007, pp. 38-52, concerning the authorship of a bronze bust now at the Morgan Library, New York.