About the Organisers

Alexa McCarthy, University of St Andrews

Alexa McCarthy is a PhD Candidate and Postgraduate Tutor in Art History at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. In the summer of 2021, Alexa was a Research Fellow at the DFK Paris-German Center for Art History. Prior to beginning her PhD, Alexa held positions at The Leiden Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Department of Drawings & Prints, and Christie’s Auction House. Her recent publications include a consideration of the use of blue paper in Carlo Caliari’s head studies (Avere disegno 3, Edifir Firenze, 2021). She has contributed catalogue entries to the exhibition catalogues, Masterpieces of The Leiden Collection: The Age of Rembrandt (Paris, Musée du Louvre, 2017), Rembrandt and His Time: Masterpieces of The Leiden Collection (Beijing, National Museum of China, 2017), and The Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer: Masterpieces of The Leiden Collection (Moscow, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts; St. Petersburg, The State Hermitage Museum). Alexa holds a BA in Art History from Bowdoin College and an MA in the History of Art focusing on Titian and the Venetian school from The Courtauld Institute of Art.

Laura Moretti, University of St Andrews

Laura Moretti is Professor of Art and Architectural History at the University of St Andrews. She holds a PhD in Architectural History and a Performance Diploma in Cello. She is the author of In the House of the Muses. Collection, Display, and Performance in the Veronese Palace of Mario Bevilacqua (1536-93) (2020) and of Dagli Incurabili alla Pietà. Le chiese degli Ospedali Grandi veneziani tra architettura e musica (2008); and the joint author (with Deborah Howard) of Sound and Space in Renaissance Venice (2009). Her fields of interest are the relationship between art, architecture and music in sixteenth-century Italy, and the history of the Early Modern book.

Paolo Sachet, University of Geneva

Paolo Sachet, PhD (2015), the Warburg Institute, is currently an Ambizione Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institut d’histoire de la Réformation, Université de Genève. His main research interest is the impact of printed books on the intellectual history of early modern Europe, including the use of printing by sixteenth- and seventeenth-century governments, textual scholarship on classical and patristic literature, and the history and collecting of early Italian printed books, especially those issued by the Aldine press. He has published extensively on these topics in peer-reviewed journals and collective volumes. He co-edited The Afterlife of Aldus: Posthumous Fame, Collectors and the Book Trade (2018) and is the author of Publishing for the Popes: The Roman Curia and the Use of Printing, 1527-1555 (2020).